Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Urgent: help the Guarini people #indigenous

The Guarani of Brazil are in a desperate situation. Evicted from their lands, many live in makeshift camps by the highways. With your help, we can press harder for their rights to be recognized.

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A desperate and explosive situation is developing in southern Brazil, and I’m writing to ask for your help to stop it.

Following decades of invasion by cattle ranchers, and recent occupations by sugar cane and soya companies, the Guarani Indians live in makeshift camps by highways or in overcrowded reserves.

When they try to reclaim pockets of their land, they are violently attacked by gunmen. Their disastrous lack of land has resulted in malnutrition, catastrophic infant mortality rates and an epidemic of suicide.

The Guarani’s plight is one of the worst of all Indians in the Americas. Please help Survival put an end to these forced evictions and allow the Guarani to return home. Together, we can press harder for the Brazilian government to complete the process of demarcating the Guarani’s land.

Survival is in a unique position to get the fate of the Guarani into the headlines, and this in turn puts pressure on the authorities to recognize the Guarani’s rights. And we can amplify the voice of the Guarani themselves, so they have their own platform on the world stage and can talk as equals with governments and companies.

But we can’t do this alone. To stay truly independent, we never accept money from any national government. Our campaigns are funded by you. If, like us, you believe the Guarani, and other tribes around the world, shouldn’t have to die for what is rightfully theirs, please help us to help them take back their land, life and dignity.

It isn’t too late. Please give whatever you can. No amount is too small.


Stephen Corry

P.S. Please don’t think this battle is unwinnable. The Guarani already have rights – they don’t need to be ‘given’ them, they just need them to be respected. You can make a real difference, right now.

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