Here’s a cause you won’t be seeing on any campus bumper stickers. Maybe if the political hacks find a way to blame America for this atrocity, their lives might start to matter.
A genocide is being perpetrated against people who are literally minding their own business.
In Brazil, there are some large indigenous preserves where the local tribes can continue their traditional way of life mainly undisturbed by the influence of modernity.
Undisturbed, that is, until modernity started to crave something this tribe had on their hunting land.
And now this tiny tribe is being threatened with extinction, but the brazenness of the latest attack is horrific.
First the broader story:
“If the investigation confirms the reports, it will be yet another genocidal massacre resulting directly from the Brazilian government’s failure to protect isolated tribes,” said Sarah Shenker, a senior campaigner with the rights group.
With land disputes on the rise in many remote areas of Brazil, indigenous groups, rural workers and land activists have all been targeted by violence.
More than 50 people had been killed as of the end of July, compared with 61 in all of 2016, according to the Land Pastoral Commission. –The Sun
Here is a video that gives some background, hopefully humanizing the people whose lives are being so callously ended.
Now we get to the horrible, bloody news report.
COPS in Brazil are investigating claims 10 members of a remote Amazonian tribe were hacked to death by ruthless gold miners out to seize their land.
A complaint has been filed with prosecutors in South America after the alleged killers went into a bar and bragged about what they had done.
It’s reported they were showing off a hand-carved paddle they claimed they had taken from the tribe based near the Colombian border.
“It was crude bar talk,” said Leila Silvia Burger Sotto-Maior, of the Brazilian agency on indigenous affairs (Funai).
“They even bragged about cutting up the bodies and throwing them in the river,” she said. –The Sun
As horrific as it is, that wouldn’t be so out of place in that part of the world.
As the video referenced, just over the border, in Peru illegal logging is already displacing some of these isolated tribes.
If logging is enough to motivate criminal activity, imagine how motivated they would be by gold.