Illegal mining sparks malaria outbreak in Indigenous territories in Brazil

A letter from Jacareacanga City Hall, obtained exclusively by Mongabay/InfoAmazonia, asks the Evandro Chagas Institute for help because of a “major outbreak of malaria” in the municipality’s indigenous lands and points out that the increase in cases is related to illegal mining in the region. The municipality is home to the Munduruku, Kayabi, and Sai Cinza indigenous lands.

Encouraged by Bolsonaro, mining requests on indigenous lands reach record numbers in 2020

Exclusive survey reveals 145 requests filed with the National Mining Agency as of November 3, the highest number in 24 years. A bill presented by President Bolsonaro would legalize activities currently prohibited by the Constitution.

‘Do I deserve to die for speaking on behalf of a people?’

Eronilde Fermin is the chief of the Omágua Kambeba in São Paulo de Olivença, in the Brazilian Amazon. The following is an account of the struggle of unequal forces she faces when trying to guarantee indigenous education, medical care during the pandemic, and protection against invaders

‘Defending the jungle is defending community life,‘ says leader from Ecuadorian Amazon

Rosa Aranda faces two miseries. One in her own body: she was infected by Covid-19. The other is the historical pollution generated by the oil industry, which threatens the territory in which she lives, Piwiri, in the Ecuadorian Amazon forest.

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