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Issue No:83
  • :0976 1121
  • :September
  • :2020

Samudra Report No.83, September 2020

 

Brazil / COVID-19

An Amazonian Wrangle

Apart from exposing vulnerable indigenous communities to infection, COVID-19 threatens a programme that provides livelihood to the vulnerable and helps conserve freshwater fish species


This article is by Felipe Rossoni (felipe@amazonianativa.org.br), a fisheries management biologist and indigenist; Leonardo Kurihara (leonardo@amazonianativa.org.br), a biologist and project co-ordinator; and Gustavo Silveira (gustavo@amazonianativa.org.br), a social scientist and programme co-ordinator, Operacao Amazonia Nativa (OPAN), Amazonas, Brazil. Translated by Rodrigo Ferreira


Indigenous people and rural communities in Brazil’s Amazon region have been dramatically hit by COVID-19. A note issued on 10 June by the Coordination of Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB), in response to the Brazilian government, said the actions of the official agencies in response to the pandemic are regrettable: “So far the responses of the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) and of the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI) to the COVID-19 have been slow, unco-ordinated and insufficient. COVID-19 has entered Indigenous Lands, and it is spreading fast. We’re on the verge of chaos...Masking the reality won’t solve the...

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