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4 May 2015

Survival International

Brazil: Illegal loggers accused of killing Ka’apor indigenous health worker as a response to closure of a logging track

“Brazil: Amazon Indian killed by ‘loggers’”, 1 May 2015

An indigenous health worker…[Eusébio Ka’apor]…in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest has been killed in an ambush by gunmen thought to be loggers…The Ka’apor’s territory has been heavily invaded by illegal loggers for years, and the tribespeople believe that the assassins were also loggers. Soon after the incident, Eusébio’s son was stopped by a well-known logger and warned that other indigenous people could die too…After the Brazilian authorities failed to take action against the invaders, the Ka’apor took matters into their own hands. In 2013 they successfully expelled many loggers…Violence has increased against the tribespeople, especially in recent months after the Ka’apor closed the last logging track in the forest and set up guard posts…