Brave Brazilians Find ‘Shiftless’ Squatters in Paraguay

It’s not every day we get to report a human interest story such as this. Two Brazilian corporations, acting as independent area environmentalists, while thinning a section of forest for sustainability purposes discovered that indigenous people live in this small area of about 10,000 acres.  This new informations should be of great interest to the authorities: No one knew they were there!


Area Cut in Paraguay

Ranchers Caught Red-Handed – From Space

Wealthy landowners in Paraguay have been caught red-handed after newly released satellite images showed their startling destruction of almost 4,000 hectares of forest – which is inhabited by uncontacted Indians.

The Brazilian-owned companies, River Plate S.A. and BBC S.A, were busted in a secret operation by state and indigenous authorities in the Chaco region of northern Paraguay.  The area is home to the Ayoreo-Totobiegosode, South America’s last remaining uncontacted tribe outside the Amazon.

The majority of the Indians’ ancestral land has been taken over by private landowners for cattle ranching. Now settled members of the tribe fear for the lives of their uncontacted relatives.  Ojnai, an Ayoreo man, told Survival International, ‘I am very worried about this destruction because we don’t know where exactly the people still in the forest are living. I have a sister among them. This is why we don’t want the outsiders to destroy more of the forest with their bulldozers.’

Paraguay’s Indigenous Institute, INDI, recently declared that a separate plot of 34,000 hectares bought from ranchers would be handed over to the Ayoreo, but a date is yet to be set.  Negotiations with other companies, including another Brazilian firm, Yaguarete Pora, have so far been unsuccessful as the beef barons refuse to sell back the Ayoreo’s ancestral lands.

Survival International’s director, Stephen Corry, said today, ‘These ranchers, much like the Totobiegosode, have nowhere left to hide. Satellite imagery makes it almost impossible for widespread deforestation to go unnoticed, but authorities must act before this happens, not after the forests have already been torn down.’  Source: Survival International

About carlos

I'm a curious person, of reasonable intellect, "on the beach" (retired) and enjoying my interest in anthropology, language, civil rights, and a few other areas. I've been a hippie/student/aerospace tech writer in the '60s, a witness to the Portuguese revolution in the ‘70s, a defense test engineer and witness to the Guatemalan genocide in the '80s, and a network engineer for an ISP in the '90s. Now I’m a student and commentator until my time is up. I've spent time under the spell of the Mesoamerican pyramids and the sweet sound of the Portuguese language. I've lived in Europe, traveled in Brazil, Central America, Iceland, New Zealand, and other places. My preferred mode of travel is with a backpack and I eat (almost) anything local. Somehow, many of the countries I have been to have had civil unrest (for which I was not responsible). I'm open to correspond with anyone who might share my liberal, humanist interests. I live in San Buenaventura, California.
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