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Commentary: There Is No Amazon Without Indigenous Peoples (Portuguese)


aerial view of a red river in the Amazon rainforest

The endangered Awá Indigenous people in northwestern Brazil confront the COVID-19 pandemic and other...

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This story excerpt was translated from Portuguese. To read the original story in full, visit the InfoAmazonia website. You may also view the original story on the Rainforest Journalism Fund website here. Our website is available in English, Spanish, bahasa Indonesia, French, and Portuguese.

The story was supposed to be called "Stories of Reparation from a Jungle in Ruins." The story happened in Maranhão, a state in northeastern Brazil where both the Amazon and its destruction begin.

Maranhão is the most deforested frontier of that paradise of plants and animals and peoples in the Amazon that could be coming to an end. It is the place where most Brazilians live in extreme poverty and one of the two Brazilian states where violence has grown the most in the last year.

This story, however, was meant to chronicle a different phenomenon that was also taking place. A luminous passage in the midst of the horror that Indigenous peoples have been living for too many years, intensified in the last three years by a president who is doing his best to do away with them: Jair Messias Bolsonaro.

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