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Flight records illegal mining areas inside the Yanomami Indigenous Land, in Roraima, in April 2021.

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Attack in Yanomami Indigenous Territory leaves one dead and two wounded; government promises to intensify action

An attack in the community of Uxiú on Yanomami indigenous land resulted in the death of a Yanomami health agent, in addition to leaving two other indigenous people injured. The Hutukura Yanomami Association (HAY) and the Texoli Ninam Association of the State of Roraima (Taner) said that the attack occurred during a funeral ceremony, and that it was allegedly carried out by illegal miners from a boat with six people on the Mucajaí river.

After the tragedy, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (MMA), Marina Silva, stated in a press conference that the actions in Yanomami territory will be intensified. According to the minister, between 75% and 80% of the miners have already been removed from the Yanomami Indigenous Territory, and several mines have been deactivated. However, the task is far from being completed. The actions will be reinforced with the support of the Armed Forces and with the reinforcement of teams from Ibama and the Federal Police (PF).

“We were very sad to learn of the shooting attack by miners against three Yanomami, one of whom died and the other two are being treated in a serious condition. An inter-ministerial committee is on its way to Roraima to further reinforce the actions to find the criminals,” said the Minister of Indigenous Peoples, Sonia Guajajara.

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