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Story Publication logo May 9, 2019

Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau: Land in Dispute (Portuguese)


Image by Favio Nascimento. Brazil, 2019.

A six-month transnational investigation into the economic and political drivers of violence against...

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Image by Fabio Nascimento. Brazil, 2019.
Image by Fabio Nascimento. Brazil, 2019.

In Rondônia, theft of wood, land grabbing in protected areas and threats to indigenous leaderships are commonplace. The Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau indigenous territory is in a constant attack by invaders. With the arrival of the government of Jair Bolsonaro, the interests for the diminution of the land of the Indians became evident. In this documentary, villagers from the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau villages show the most recent outbreaks of invasion. Rural landowners accused of grilagem claim they have the support of a government agency to seek new land. The defenders of the Indians indicate that there is an orchestrated action to reduce the territory traditionally occupied by the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau.

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Support for this reporting was made possible by the Rainforest Journalism Fund, in association with the Pulitzer Center.