In mordern times, it seems as if our world is only getting worse, and sadly, news like this doesn’t make it any better. Officials are currently investigating reports of a massacre of at least ten members of an uncontacted tribe by gold miners.
This tribe lives in a remote part of the Amazon Rainforest and the massacre in itself is believed to have happened at some point within the last month in the Javari Valley. Apparently, a group of gold miners has been bragging about the massacre ever since it occurred. These miners allegedly have shown off a hand-carved paddle they ‘stole’ from the tribe. According to the New York Times, prosecutor Pablo Luz de Beltrand was able to confirm that there is an investigation underway but since the territories are so big and access is limited finding information will be difficult.
This investigation has been more than enough to strike fear into the world for the welfare of the indigenous people of Brazil. Funding for indigenous affairs has already been cut dramatically under the current president, Michel Temer. As a result, Funai has had no other option than to shut down 5 of their 19 bases that are supposed to be protecting remote tribes from situations like this.
Members of this tribe were said to have been gathering eggs along with a river in the Javari Valley when they came across the miners. Sadly, the miners began bragging about their atrocious deeds later at a bar. My heart truly hurts for those tribe members.
“The slashing of Funai’s funds has left dozens of uncontacted tribes defenseless against thousands of invaders ― gold miners, ranchers, and loggers ― who are desperate to steal and ransack their lands. All these tribes should have had their lands properly recognized and protected years ago ― the government’s open support for those who want to open up indigenous territories is utterly shameful, and is setting indigenous rights in Brazil back decades.”
Sadly, there have been at least two other tribes in the same region to have their land invaded and they are now surrounded by ranchers. The AFP has reported that there have been at least 18-21 indigenous people killed in attacks (by miners, hunters, and so forth) in the region. These invaders are a very real threat. They are killing many indigenous people and the exact death numbers are not currently known. For more on this check out the video below.