New Gold Rush in Protected Yanomami Indigenous Area in Brazil

The number of illegal gold diggers is rising drastically. Malaria and mercury-contaminated rivers threaten Yanomami in Roraima State. The current gold rush represents the most massive invasion of Yanomami territory since the official land allocation in 1992.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - More than 10,000 illegal gold prospectors are currently reported to be within the territory of the Yanomami Indians in northern Brazil. The figures are an estimate by Yanomami's most significant association, Hutukara.

A Yanomami and Ye'kwana delegation had already reported the situation to government authorities in Brasília in May this year, including the Ministries of Justice and Defense and the Funai Indigenous Protection Agency.

Non-governmental organizations are also sounding the alarm. "Bolsonaro's policy has tragic consequences, and the gold rush in northern Brazil is just one example," Survival International director . . .

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