Amazon tribe down to five as oldest member dies
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tribe in the Brazilian Amazon has lost its oldest
member, Ururú. This leaves the tribe with only five
"She was a fighter, strong, and resisted until the last moment," said Altair Algayer from FUNAI, the team which protects Akuntsu’s land.
In addition, the oldest-surviving Akuntsu, Ururú’s brother Konibú, is seriously ill.
Ururú watched the genocide of her people and the
destruction of their rainforest home. In the 1960s and
70s, Rondônia state was opened to colonization. Cattle
ranchers with their gunmen began moving onto Akuntsu
lands. The Akuntsu were killed when ranchers bulldozed
their homes and opened fire on them. Today's two
surviving men, Konibú and Pupak,
have marks on their bodies where bullets entered as they
‘With Ururú’s death we are seeing the final stages of a 21st century genocide," said Stephen Curry from Survivor International. " Unlike mass killings in Nazi Germany or Rwanda, the genocides of indigenous people are played out in hidden corners of the world, and escape public scrutiny and condemnation. Although their numbers are small, the result is just as final. Only when this persecution is seen as akin to slavery or apartheid will tribal peoples begin to be safe.’
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