Brazil’s endangered Awá tribe face off against encroaching loggers and ranchers

Brazil’s endangered Awá tribe face off against encroaching loggers and ranchers
Brazil’s endangered Awá tribe face off against encroaching loggers and ranchers

Brazil’s endangered Awá tribe face off against encroaching loggers and ranchers

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The Awá tribe are amongst the last “uncontacted” people of Brazil. Illegal loggers and ranchers have encroached on their land for years, threatening the Awá’s very existence. But now after periods of not enforcing court rulings in the Awá’s favor, the Brazilian government has given a deadline for the squatters to leave and soldiers are positioned to remove the encroachers by force. Sarah Shenker of Survival International will update us on the efforts to save the Awá from the destruction of their lands and culture. (AP/Survival International – In this Nov. 2011 photo released in 2012 by Survival International, an Awa Indian girl plays over a river in Maranhao state, Brazil.)