FUNAI Employee Murdered in Area Marred by Conflicts in Amazonas State

The employee worked mainly at the Ituí-Itacoaí base, which operates on a ferry and is about 40 km from the city of Atalaia do Norte. The aim of the base is to prevent invaders from entering an area identified as having the largest presence of isolated indigenous people in the world.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Funai employee Maxciel Pereira dos Santos was shot dead on Friday night in Tabatinga (AM), on the border with Peru and Colombia. He worked at an indigenous organization base in the Javari Valley, which has been attacked four times since last year.

The crime occurred around 6:50 PM, according to the State Police. Santos was riding his motorcycle on Avenida da Amizade, the busiest in Tabatinga, when he was shot twice in the back of the head. His wife and stepdaughter witnessed the murder.

Santos had been working for 12 years in the Javari Valley . . .

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