Protect the Guarani
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Protect the Guarani

    1. Christiane Henker
    2. Petition by

      Christiane Henker

      Rostock, Germany

‘Kill us all, then bury us here’: desperate appeal of Indians facing eviction

A group of Brazilian Indians who endured violence and death to return to their land have made a dramatic appeal to the government after learning that they face eviction once more.

The 170 Indians, members of the 46,000-strong Guarani tribe in Brazil, have suffered several brutal attacks since going back to a small part of their ancestral land. The Indians’ territory, known as Pyelito Kuê/ M’barakai, is now occupied by a ranch. The Indians are surrounded by the rancher’s gunmen, with little access to food or health care.

Last month a judge ordered their eviction. Now the Indians have declared in a letter, ‘This ruling is part of the historic extermination of the indigenous peoples of Brazil. We have lost hope of surviving with dignity, and without violence, on our ancestral land… We will all die soon.

‘We want to die and be buried with our ancestors right here, so we ask the government and the justice system not to order our eviction, but to order our collective death and our burial here. We ask, once and for all, for our slaughter to be ordered, and for tractors to dig a big hole for our bodies.

‘We have decided, all together, not to leave here, dead or alive.’

Four Guarani from the community have already died since the reoccupation: two from suicide, and two following attacks by gunmen.


 

FUNAI, Brazil’s indigenous affairs department, which is responsible for mapping out Guarani land, and demarcating it, says it is working to overturn the eviction order.

The huge delay in its demarcation program means thousands of Guarani are living in overcrowded reserves and camped on roadsides, with little access to food, clean water and health care. They suffer one of the highest suicide rates in the world: recent government statistics show an average of one Guarani suicide every week for the last ten years.

Guarani anthropologist Tonico Benites said, ‘Guarani suicide is happening and increasing as a result of the delay in identifying and demarcating our ancestral land’.

Survival is calling for the Guarani to be allowed to stay on their land, and for all Guarani territories to be demarcated urgently, before more lives are lost.

Survival’s Director Stephen Corry said today, ‘The extinction of Brazil’s indigenous peoples is a blot on the country’s history, and it’s shameful that the same cruelties and abuses rife during the colonial era are being endorsed by the Brazilian justice system today. The Pyelito Guarani’s heartrending plea couldn’t be clearer: life without their land is so full of misery and suffering, that it is not worth living. Brazil must act before it allows another of its peoples to be destroyed.’

 

 

Pleasw wirte to brazil Embassies:

 

brasemb.berlim@itamaraty.gov.br,

 

cgbos@consulatebrazil.org,

 

 

ambassadeur@bresil.org,

 

 

 

Sample Letter:

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
i am very concerned about the situation of the Guarani-Kaiowá tribe in Mato Grosso do Sul state. Most of the Guarani are crammed together in tiny reservations where there is not enough land to cultivate and sustain them. Overcrowding has resulted in high rates of suicide, alcohol abuse, internal violence, and severe malnutrition among children.
‘Kill us all, then bury us here’: desperate appeal of Indians facing eviction A group of Brazilian Indians who endured violence and death to return to their land have made a dramatic appeal to the government after learning that they face eviction once more.

The 170 Indians, members of the 46,000-strong Guarani tribe in Brazil, have suffered several brutal attacks since going back to a small part of their ancestral land. The Indians’ territory, known as Pyelito Kuê/ M’barakai, is now occupied by a ranch. The Indians are surrounded by the rancher’s gunmen, with little access to food or health care.

Last month a judge ordered their eviction. Now the Indians have declared in a letter, ‘This ruling is part of the historic extermination of the indigenous peoples of Brazil. We have lost hope of surviving with dignity, and without violence, on our ancestral land… We will all die soon.

‘We want to die and be buried with our ancestors right here, so we ask the government and the justice system not to order our eviction, but to order our collective death and our burial here. We ask, once and for all, for our slaughter to be ordered, and for tractors to dig a big hole for our bodies.

‘We have decided, all together, not to leave here, dead or alive.’

I urge you to take immediate steps to identify and demarcate all the territories claimed by the Guarani-Kaiowá. The long delay in recognising their land rights is putting the Indians' health and survival at risk. Unless and until the Guarani's land rights are fully recognised, I fear the situation will get worse.

Yours sincerely,

 

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    • Wolfgang Voesch GERMANY
      • about 1 year ago

      Die indigenen Gruppen und Völker müßen beschützt werden.

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    • Susan Pateracki COVINA, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Please sign and share. The Brazilian Government is evicting the Brazilians Indians off of the land in which they have lived for generations. The Brazilian Indians have lived on this land long before Brazil formed a government. The actions being done to the Brazilians Indians are the actions of people that have no kindness toward others. Using abuse and strength to inflict pain on others shows a bad character in people. The land being taken away is not just land to the Brazilians Indians. It is their home where all fond memories reside. It is their home where their children have been raised and all have shared as one Tribe Family. It is such a tragedy that this government can do such things and rob others of happiness. Just over land for the government but home to them. Doing acts of cruelty towards others demonstrates a character flaw in which compassion; empathy, morals, and ethics are nonexistent. Compassion is the basis of all truthful relationship and is necessary for all survival. Compassion is bringing our deepest truth into our actions, no matter how much the world seems to resist, because that is ultimately what we have to give this world and one another. Never doubt that a group of caring people teaming together can change the world. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. When one has compassion for others, God has compassion for him or her. Let the Indians have their land, their home, their memories. Practice kindness and it will grow. Start with not taking their land/ home away.

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    • Carita OConnor LOS ALAMITOS, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Indigenous peoples around the world have the right to pursue their traditional way of life on their land!!!

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    • Matthijs Ruhrup THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS
      • over 1 year ago

      Brazil has shown a spectacular growth economically over the last few years... but how about Brazilian's growth in a spiritual and ethic sense? That has to happen if it wants to be taken seriously by the rest of our world! Please treat your indigenous people decent, and you'll earn not only my respect but also that of the rest of the world!

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    • theresa milne02 MAGALIESSIG, SOUTH AFRICA
      • over 1 year ago

      nature and people matter more than making money - the earth is suffering and we cannot live without her

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