ENVIRONMENT: They are killing our forest- Brazilian tribe warns : BBC News

Two Awa children smile for the camera in 2014

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has asked for $1bn (£720m) a year in foreign aid to reduce illegal deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

But under Mr Bolsonaro deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has soared, jeopardising the livelihoods of some of the world’s most vulnerable indigenous communities.

Our chief environment correspondent, Justin Rowlatt, has been trying to find out what this has meant for an Amazon tribe he first met back in 2010.         

I felt like Mr Bean, the rubber-faced TV character played by Rowan Atkinson, when I first visited the Awa people over a decade ago.

I had expected a yawning cultural chasm would make connecting with them difficult. After all, some of the older tribespeople had grown up in the Amazon rainforest without ever having contact with the outside world.

But it quickly became clear that I was the real curiosity.

READ MORE: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-56847952

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  • Dennis Albert  On 05/03/2021 at 12:53 am

    Bolsonaro is most likely considered a descendant from Portugal due to his heritage. It’s no surprise that he learned a lot from his ancestors from Europe to pillage the natural resources of “third world countries” for the profit of the developed world.

  • brandli62  On 05/03/2021 at 9:53 am

    Bolsonaro is an idiot. He was considered the most ignorant member of the Brazilian parliament. His election indicates how desperate the Brazilian public was for something different….. A bad choice as demonstrated by the total mismanagement of the cover-19 pandemic.

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