Yanomami – ‘the fierce people’?

Originally posted on Mollys misadventures and travels ❤:
In 1983 a group of Brazilian gold miners invaded the protected area known as ‘Yanomami Park’ and murdered 16 Yanomami people, including a baby. This was declared by the court as genocide and 2 of the miners remain in jail today. Yanomami park is home to 27,000…

A really wonderful and informative piece about this tribe and their struggles.

Mollys misadventures and travels ❤

In 1983 a group of Brazilian gold miners invaded the protected area known as 'Yanomami Park' and murdered 16 Yanomami people, including a baby. This was declared by the court as genocide and 2 of the miners remain in jail today. 

Yanomami park is home to 27,000 Yonomami people. It also houses large levels of gold deposits. This has historically led to gold mining invasions, beginning in 1980 when 40,000 Brazilian gold-miners invaded Yanomami land (Amazon Region). Although titled as Yanomami park, the Yanomami people still don't have legitimate ownership of their land. Resultantly, Yanomami people have joined organizations to fight for their rights. But with soaring gold prices and limited state protection this resistance comes to no avail. 

“Our land is our heritage”

Shaman Davi Kopenawa Yanomami

International support is necessary. The government needs to recognize the land ownership rights of the Yanomami and implement tougher sanctions against gold…

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