Indigenous community held hostage in Brazil

Guarani-Kaiowá leaders

In October of 2009, the indigenous community Guarani Kaiowá Y’poí was violently evicted from its ancestral land near Paranhos, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.  During the assault, gunmen hired by local farmers abducted tribe members Genivaldo Vera and his cousin Rolindo Vera. Genivaldo’s body was found a few days later in a nearby river. His head had been shaved and his body had extensive bruising. Rolindo’s whereabouts remains unknown. After almost a year, Rolindo’s family continues to wait for the Federal Police to tell them what happened to him or to bring them Rolindo’s body back.

In April of 2010, tribe members managed to reoccupy the land, but they immediately became deprived of their freedom of movement, and were subject to numerous gun threats. They have been prevented from leaving their encampment, resulting in no access to water, food, education and health. The tribe’s children are falling sick due to the lack of medical assistance, water and the dry weather conditions.

Government’s agents are not providing care to the community, claiming this is due to lack of security. The tribe has denounced their situation to the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, the National Indian Foundation (Fundação Nacional do Índio, FUNAI) and the state police authorities, but so far no action has been taken.

As follow-up to this, we are asking everyone to join our efforts in sending a letter to the Brazilian authorities to stop the violence against the Guarani Kaiowá Y’poí tribe.

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4 thoughts on “Indigenous community held hostage in Brazil

  1. The guilty is of the goverment of Brazil (past and present) that at about more than 20 years gave indians' lands to farmers to be cultivated and now, after more then 20 years of agriculture cultive at those lands the gorvernment suddenly decided to take the lands from the agriucltures (chiefs of families with responsabilities to pay) and give back to the indias. The government did it, decided it, suddenly, put it, and get away. The goverment of Brasil provoked the fight: farmers against indians and went away from the battle camp. Federal police can't support all this mess government did, because there, the federal police effective avaiable is not suficient and bad equipped. All consequences of a irresponsable government politic.

  2. The guilty is of the goverment of Brazil (past and present) that at about more than 20 years gave indians’ lands to farmers to be cultivated and now, after more then 20 years of agriculture cultive at those lands the gorvernment suddenly decided to take the lands from the agriucltures (chiefs of families with responsabilities to pay) and give back to the indias. The government did it, decided it, suddenly, put it, and get away. The goverment of Brasil provoked the fight: farmers against indians and went away from the battle camp. Federal police can’t support all this mess government did, because there, the federal police effective avaiable is not suficient and bad equipped. All consequences of a irresponsable government politic.

  3. Dear Adriana,

    The land belongs to the Indians.

    No government can take away their ancestral Right to it.

    FUNAI & the police belong to a corrupt & alien System.

    They have never helped or protected the Indians.

    For Brasil is a settler imperialist state.

    Founded & built & growing upon the genocide being perpetrated against the Indian Nations.

  4. Dear Adriana,

    The land belongs to the Indians.

    No government can take away their ancestral Right to it.

    FUNAI & the police belong to a corrupt & alien System.

    They have never helped or protected the Indians.

    For Brasil is a settler imperialist state.

    Founded & built & growing upon the genocide being perpetrated against the Indian Nations.