I’ve never seen anything like this,” laments the 41-year-old, a leader of the Arara indigenous people in the northern state of Para. He says illegal logging on Arara lands — an area equivalent to 264,000 football fields — has intensified since President Jair Bolsonaro came to power in January. According to Para-based conservation group Imazon, deforestation in the Amazon increased 54 percent in January — the first month Bolsonaro was in office — as compared with a year earlier. Before illegal logging ramped up, local indigenous communities had already suffered — in the name of modernization. This invasion of any land, indigenous or not, is intolerable,” he said.
Source: Egypt Independent April 24, 2019 11:48 UTC