Violence against women, children and workers is on the rise
The knowledge of the Jingu people and their ancestors refers to the adventures of the Banjeiro River. The churning river, out of control, is capable of swallowing anyone who dares to cross it. Journalist Eliane Brum in her book “Banzeiro Ókòtó” (ed. Companhia das Letras) describes it as “a place of danger between where you came from and where you want to go … and the silence because the boat could capsize or sink. Maybe. Suddenly. “
I dare use the word without synonyms here to write that the whole Amazon is being swallowed up in a huge man-made wetland. The mercury that the miners throw into the river in search of gold, their vitality falls on every tree that falls to the ground under the shots of the chains, the fishing nets, the shots of organized crime rifles. That domination, Alicia, rape and murder.
In the face of the misfortune that surrounds the region’s more than 350 indigenous communities, the fear instilled by demonstrators, loggers and all sorts of criminals who are luring Indigenous women and adolescents for food, getting drunk, raping and leading the hunt. Death
Yanomami made complaints to indigenous researchers and anthropologists who collected them in a report published by Hutukara Associação Yanomami in April of this year. Some crimes occurred in 2020, but came to light almost two years later because they occurred in remote villages, such as the Opiau and Kanayau communities. Residents of both villages report similar practices taken by miners, supplying alcohol and drugs to Indians, and when everyone is intoxicated, they rape teenagers and children.
In May of this year, Yanomami and Yekwana condemned the rape and murder of a 12-year-old Yanomami girl by gold miners in the Waikas area of Roraima, Junior Hekurari, president of the District Council for Indigenous Health. The abandonment of the most remote local people leaves them at the mercy of the whole gang of criminals. Due to the lack of fish in the river due to mercury pollution, deforestation due to lack of prey and disease, young people are forced to work as miners, and women and children are sexually tempted in exchange for small amounts of food, often ruined.
There is no room for arrows between chainsaws and rifles. The war for land has always been a detrimental balance for the local people due to the inequality of force. Words like mine, deforestation, extinction and eviction have become commonplace in the daily lives of forest dwellers since Pedro Alvarez Cabral began destroying Brazil. In the Amazon region, the balance of intensive degradation began with the use of force in the 1970s, less than 50 years ago, by the military government, under the slogan “not to integrate” and to encourage large landowners to evict their herdsmen. Which the military calls the world’s largest pasture.
Military personnel and cattle herds became heroes again in 2018, with the election of Jair Bolsonaro (PL) as president. At the end of the bloody period of the dictatorship, we were harmed by their failure to settle accounts with the army and their return to power. Philosopher Vladimir Safatol recently said, “History chases you when you do not settle your accounts with history,” while creating a direct resemblance between Bolsonaro’s success in voting and dictatorship “which is not over.”
The stage has been set and in various ways, we are witnessing the repetition of this ungrateful time in our history. Unlike the prominent military government with the 1964 coup, Bolsonaro did not demarcate a centimeter of indigenous land, defending the legalization of poaching in the area, and advocating for the dismantling of state agencies working to protect and protect indigenous peoples. , Such as Funai, and the very extinct Ministry of Environment.
As the sail advanced, the state retreated. In the two years since the epidemic, the state has shrunk and violent forces have advanced. When all entities isolated themselves, prospectors and loggers cut down forests and killed Indians and tribals.
Anyone who dares to oppose established parallel powers is brutally murdered. Since June 5, aboriginal Bruno Pereira and English journalist Dom Phillips have been missing in the Valle du Xavier area, where land attacks by prosecutors and loggers are commonplace. Their belongings were found in the river where they were last seen. Bruno received several death threats and was with a journalist who had been working as an international correspondent in northern Brazil for more than 15 years.
Bruno is an important figure in the protection of the rights of the indigenous peoples and the Amazon biodiversity that are dying in the center of Banjeiro in our indifferent eyes.
This March marks the 17th anniversary of the brutal murder of Dorothy Stang, a land rights activist and Catholic missionary in the municipality of Anapu, Para. Since then, more than 550 people have been killed in land disputes in the state, and less than 5% have been tried for crimes, according to the Priestly Land Commission.
The end of the Amazon and the extinction of the local people is near. Ongoing environmental degradation has reached an irreversible level. The white man has transformed the Amazon into a banjeiro that stretches across the region. The danger comes from where you want to go and there is no way to wait for the banjeiro to come down. Anyone who stays in this area will be swallowed up, swallowed up, annihilated. Unfortunately.