WE NOW FACE ANOTHER GREAT BATTLE. THIS TIME, OUR ENEMY IS INVISIBLE.
We, the Munduruku people from the upper and middle Tapajós, are being killed by Covid-19. Ten of our elders, guardians/withholders of our knowledge, mothers, and warriors have already departed.
Others are in a critical state. The towns closest to our territories either have no intensive care beds (such is the case of Jacareacanga, on the upper Tapajós), or very few with ventilators (in the case of Itaituba, on the middle Tapajós). In this precarious situation, there is no way of surviving, and the suffering of our people only increases.
The actions of the Munduruku Pariri and Wakoborun associations of the middle and upper Tapajós in the fight against coronavirus include: the production of educational materials and contingency plans; denunciations to the authorities of invasions of our territories and on the inadequate healthcare available; the setting up of barriers to protect our villages, among others.
Our campaign will help us to continue and amplify these actions.
‘Every time an elder dies, a library is burnt’: Amazon COVID-19 toll grows.
COVID-19 kills the elderly, those with underlying health conditions, the poor and vulnerable. It is now doing so in the Brazilian Amazon where the virus killed nine Munduruku indigenous elders in just a few days. Forest people elders are typically leaders and keepers of culture, so their loss is especially destabilizing.
By Sue Branford
Em uma noite, Mundurukus perdem dois líderes para a COVID-19 no PA
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Povo Munduruku vive luto permanente por COVID-19, no Pará
Dez pessoas da etnia morreram nesta pandemia, entre eles, o cacique Vicente Saw Munduruku
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