...open your eyes............
Anthropologist Marcos Homero Ferreira Lima of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, the body charged with protecting and enforcing indigenous rights in the region, states that:
“The situation of the Guarani Kaiowá of the Curral do Arame requires an immediate and urgent solution. It is not an exaggeration to speak of genocide, since the series of events and actions committed against this group since the end of the 1990s has contributed to subjecting its members to conditions preventing their physical, cultural and spiritual existence. Children, young people, adults and the elderly are subjected to degrading experiences which directly harm their human dignity.
The way of life imposed on the Guarani Kaiowá reveals how the white people see the Indians. Prejudice, indifference, mistreatment, non-consideration of their rights to the land, to life, to dignity are all evident. They are living in a situation analogous to that of a refugee camp. It is as if they were strangers in their own country. It is as if the ‘whites’ have gone to war with the Indians and the latter are left with the thin strip of land separating a ranch from the side of a road.”
Survival International has worked with the Guarani people in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, for many years, examining the human rights abuses suffered by them, but they also acknowledge that the Guarani Indians of the Brazilian states of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul, Espírito Santo and Paraná, (and those living in Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina) face serious problems and that their situation also must be addressed.
Wake up, Brazil!
Wake up, the international courts of Human Rights!
You must act immediately to stop this continuous genocide.