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6 Jun 2022


Brazil: Navy and Federal Police join forces to search for missing indigenous expert and journalist in the Amazon

"Brazil's Navy searching for British journalist missing in Amazon jungle", 06 June 2022

...Brazil's Navy on Monday dispatched a crew of ten people to search for British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira who went missing while reporting in a remote part of the Amazon rainforest near the border with Peru.

Navy spokeswoman Cibelly Lopes, in the Brazilian border city of Tabatinga, said it should take the Navy vessel around three to four hours to reach the isolated base of Atalaia do Norte. The Navy team will then head to the Sao Gabriel riverside community, where the two men were last seen early on Sunday morning. It is unlikely the search party will arrive before nightfall, Lopes said.

Brazil's federal police said in a statement that they were also working to locate the pair. A senior federal police officer in Tabatinga said Monday afternoon that there was still no information on their whereabouts or what could have happened...

The Javari is home to the world's largest number of uncontacted indigenous people that inhabit an area the size of Ireland, threatened by illegal miners, loggers, hunters and, increasingly, coca-growing groups that produce the raw material for cocaine.

In a detailed statement about the disappearance of the men, the Union of Indigenous Peoples of the Javari Valley (UNIVAJA) said that threats had been received in recent days...

A spokesperson for Britain's foreign office said they were in contact with Brazilian authorities over reports that a British man had gone missing...