Life as an Amazon Activist: a Profile of Juma Xipaya

by Peter Speetjens / Mongabay Socio-environmental activists are an endangered species in the Brazilian Amazon, with regularly occurring assassination-style killings like those of activists Chico Mendes in 1988 and Sister Dorothy Stang in 2005 creating an ongoing climate of fear. According to human rights watchdog Global Witness, Brazil in 2017 was the world’s most dangerous […]

Miners Out, COVID-19 Out: The Yanomami and Ye’kwana People of the Brazilian Amazon Launch a Global Campaign to Expel Miners From Their Territory

by Amazon Watch Indigenous leaders demand the urgent removal of 20,000 illegal gold miners from their lands to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through their villages. The disease could infect up to 40% of Yanomami communities if wildcat mining remains, threatening a new ethnocide Photo Galleries: Dario and Davi Kopenawa, Yanomami People and Territory, Mining in […]