Covid-19 Spreading Among Brazilian Indians, Threatening Isolated Peoples

At least 287 Indians have already lost their lives as a result of the novel coronavirus. Communities say that invaders are using the pandemic, due to less surveillance, to penetrate their territories.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In 1986, the children of Omama (the creator of the world), who live in Brazil's largest Indigenous Land (TI), the Yanomami Indigenous Land, between Roraima and the Amazon, saw their home invaded for the first time. Between that year and 1990, it is estimated that 20 percent of this population (1,800 people) died from illnesses and violence caused by 45,000 illegal miners.

It was then that they learned about the xawara, a word that describes the epidemics carried by the white man. Three decades later, a new xawara has reached Yanomami Land: the . . .

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