In a letter describing pandemic conditions as “dire,” the government of Brazil’s Amazonas state is pleading for urgent medical assistance from the international community. The authenticated letter apparently bypassed the Bolsonaro administration which critics say has been ineffectual in dealing with COVID-19.
The city of Manaus made world headlines last April when a first wave of the coronavirus swept through the city. Now that city, and the entire state of Amazonas, is being swept by a second wave of the pandemic, which is shaping up to be far worse than the first.

Brazil: the Yanomami abandoned

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A new report highlights the escalating existential crisis among the 30,000 Indigenous people living in the Yanomami Territory, covering 9,664,975 hectares (37,317 square miles) in northern Brazil. Data shows that the Yanomami reserve is in the top ten areas now most prone to illegal deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon.The report accuses Jair Bolsonaro’s Brazilian government of abandoning the Yanomami...
The Yanomami Park covers 37,000 square miles in the Brazilian Amazon on the Venezuelan border; it is inhabited by 27,000 Yanomami. Soaring gold prices have resulted in a massive ongoing invasion of the indigenous territory by gold miners who are well supported with monetary backing, heavy equipment and aircraft.On 3 July, a federal judge issued an emergency ruling ordering...

Amazonia in 5 minutes

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the first episode of a weekly podcast, “Amazonia in Five Minutes,” presented by Jessica Carey-Webb. The podcast highlights publications from Amazonia Latitude’s magazine as well as cultural tips, in a dynamic and melodic format, to the tune of local rhythms.
COVID-19 kills the elderly, those with underlying health conditions, the poor and vulnerable. It is now doing so in the Brazilian Amazon where the virus killed nine Munduruku indigenous elders in just a few days. Forest people elders are typically leaders and keepers of culture, so their loss is especially destabilizing.Officially, 218 indigenous people had died of COVID-19 and...
The Boa Vista Quilombo in Oriximiná, Pará state, is like many Brazilian quilombola communities. Quilombolas are Afro-Brazilian runaway slave descendants, and point to centuries of inequality and neglect by the government. Quilombos often lack running water, basic sanitation and health services.In the 1970s, Mineração Rio do Norte (MRN) annexed much of Boa Vista’s land and established the world’s fourth...
This article was first published on 6 April 2020 by Newsweek. You can read the original article here. The COVID-19 pandemic could “wipe out” entire indigenous populations in Brazil, experts who have described the situation a “matter of life and death” have warned. Survival International, a human rights organization which advocates for indigenous, tribal and uncontacted peoples, warned in a statement on Friday: “The...
This article is part of the series: Dispatches from the pandemic, published on Somatosphere. Main image: CCPY doctor examines a sick Yanomami child, Balaú, Brazil. Image: Fiona Watson/Survival Two weeks ago, Kanari Kuikuro called me from Canarana, a small town in the Brazilian Amazon, where he now lives with his wife and many children. He is originally from the Xingu Indigenous Land,...

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