Rare Photos Of Uncontacted Indians Released By Survival International To Protect Threatened Amazonians

By on Feb 2, 2011 in South America, World Comments
Photos released to protect threatened Amazonians
Photos released to protect threatened Amazonians
Image Credit: FUNAI/Survival/Gleison Miranda/AFP

Rare photos of uncontacted tribe who was said to be threatened by illegal loggers were released by Survival International.

According to CNN.com, the photos were released Monday showing members of an uncontacted Brazilian tribe that is likely to get drawn into conflicts with Peruvian tribes who are fleeing their homes because of the logging.

“Illegal loggers will destroy this indigenous people. It is essential that the Peruvian government stop them before it is too late,” Survival’s director Stephen Corry was quoted saying.

Survival International said that loggers in Peru are pushing isolated Indians from Peru into Brazil where the two groups are likey to come into conflict. There are some government organizations pushing Peru to act against logging, but was said to have little effort being done.

Meanwhile, Marcos Apurina, coordinator of Brazil’s Amazon Indian organization COIAB is hoping that by releasing some pictures, it would draw attention to the plight of the indigenous people and encourage their protection.

“It is necessary to reaffirm that these people exist, so we support the use of images that prove these facts. These people have had their most fundamental rights, particularly their right to life, ignored — it is therefore crucial that we protect them,” Apurina said.

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