Peru Source of Incursions Into Indigenous Areas

Acre: Brazil Bolsters Security As ‘Crisis Situation’ Threatens Uncontacted Indians

Monday, 15 August 2011 12:22

The Brazilian government says it will dispatch National Security Force agents to help protect a tribe of uncontacted Indians missing after drug traffickers attacked a government guard post. Last week Survival International reported that heavily armed drug traffickers from Peru had surrounded and ransacked the base in the western Brazilian Amazon.

Fears for the Indians’ welfare grew after workers from FUNAI (the government’s Indian Affairs department) found a broken arrow inside one of the trafficker’s rucksacks. FUNAI has made an overflight of the area to look for signs of the uncontacted Indians. It showed their village and plantations were in a good condition. But fears remain high, as there are still no confirmed sightings of the Indians themselves.

Brazil’s National Security Secretary, Regina Miki, is reportedly calling this a ‘crisis situation’ requiring a ‘permanent occupation by the Ministry of Defence’. The Indians made worldwide headlines in February. Survival’s Director Stephen Corry described their disappearance as ‘extremely distressing’. He says, ‘Thankfully it looks like steps are now being taken by Brazil to improve security in the area, and hopefully stop this part of the Amazon becoming a haven for drug traffickers. But Peru must do its bit too, because that seems to be where the traffickers are coming from.’

Survival has written to Peru’s President (PDF, 23.4 KB) urging him to prevent further invasions of the Indians’ land and to implement measures to protect the tribes. This map (PDF, 889 KB) shows how close the Peruvian border is to the area inhabited by the uncontacted Indians. Source: Survival International http://tinyurl.com/4xfyw2n

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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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2 Responses to Peru Source of Incursions Into Indigenous Areas

  1. ritaroberts says:

    Carlos,I am so pleased that something is being done to protect uncontacted Indian Tribes.

    • carlos says:

      Tribes. There are undoubtedly many yet undiscovered and they may yet be the survivors. Smuggling, logging, deforestation, and mining are the pressures that unlettered indigenous people living in a “State of Nature” must compete. I print’em as I find’em but the prognosis is bleak.

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