‘Forest Guardian’ assassinated in Brazilian Amazon

Forest Guardian

A young indigenous Guajajara leader was murdered Nov. 1 in the Brazilian Amazon, raising concerns about escalating violence against forest protectors under the government of President Jair Bolsonaro. Paulo Paulino Guajajara, 26, was shot in the head and killed in an ambush in the Ararib贸ia Indigenous Reserve, in the northeast state of Maranh茫o. Paulo was a member of “Guardians of the Forest,”聽a group of 120 indigenous Guajajara that organize volunteer patrols to fight聽illegal logging in the Ararib贸ia reserve, one of the country’s most threatened indigenous territories. The Guardians also act to protect the Aw谩 Guaj谩 people, an “uncontacted group” of hunter-gatherers described by Survival International as the most threatened indigenous group on the planet. (Mongabay, Nov. 2)

Photo of聽Paulo Paulino Guajajara via聽Mongabay

  1. New attack on Brazil’s Guajajara
    Two indigenous leaders have been shot dead and two others wounded in Brazil’s聽Maranh茫o state, in an attack not far from where a prominent tribesman who defended the Amazon rainforest was killed last month, authorities said. The attack on the members of the Guajajara tribe, which is known for the Forest Guardians who protect their territory against illegal deforestation, occurred on the margins of a federal highway near El-Betel village in the country鈥檚 north-east on Dec. 7. (The Guardian)