People would go anywhere to find gold, which is so expensive and valuable, but at some places, people don’t even know they have it underground. A British crew have reportedly discovered gold in the wreckage of a German cargo ship sunken off the coast of Island in 1939 and they will probably do anything to get it. This story, however, is a bit different. Illegal gold miners are believed to have massacred at least 10 men from an uncontacted tribe in the Brazillian Amazon. Brazilian officials have now started an investigation, and we have yet to see what the aftermath will be.
According to Survival International, the murders took place last month along the River Jandiatuba in western Brazil. To make mathers even worse, the gold miners allegedly boasted about the killings and even had ‘trophies’ from the tribesmen’s bodies, so the authorities were quick to warn them. A spokeswoman for Brazilian government agency for uncontacted tribes, FUNAI, Leila Silvia Burger Sotto-Maior, has told the New York Times: “It was crude bar talk. They even bragged about cutting up the bodies and throwing them in the river.”
She believes the miners ‘had to kill them or be killed’.
Ms Sotto-Maior adds: “There is a lot of evidence, but it needs to be proven.”
In the picture, you can see the leftovers from two huts. These weere burnt down last year in another potential attack from outsiders.
Survival International believes this is the culmination of the Brazilian government’s decrease in funding. The government lowered the money for teams who look after uncontacted indigenous groups.
Director Stephen Corry has released a statement, saying: “If these reports are confirmed, [Brazilian] President Temer and his government bear a heavy responsibility for this genocidal attack. The slashing of FUNAI’s funds has left dozens of uncontacted tribes defenseless against thousands of invaders. All these tribes should have had their lands properly recognised and protected years ago – the government’s open support for those who want to open up indigenous territories is utterly shameful, and is setting indigenous rights in Brazil back decades.”
The tribe is believed to be very small and the killing probably wiped off a fifth of their population.
From 2007 onwards, there were an estimated 67 uncontacted tribes in Brazil, which is the highest number in the world. Some of these tribes have only a few dozen members, whereas others may have as many as 500.