Federal prosecutors successful the Brazilian authorities of Roraima are investigating reports that illegally-mined golden is being exchanged for Covid-19 vaccines successful the Yanomami indigenous reserve, the prosecutors bureau told Reuters connected Wednesday.
Tribal leaders successful the Amazon portion person complained of the deals and prosecutors accidental they volition analyse the reports arsenic portion of an probe already underway into the diversion of vaccine shots intended for indigenous people.
INDIGENOUS PEOPLE ARE AMONG MOST VULNERABLE
Brazil is presently experiencing 1 of the worst waves of the coronavirus pandemic immoderate state has suffered, and its indigenous radical are among the astir vulnerable.
The Hutukara Association, which represents the Yanomami people, flagged the contented to prosecutors with the backing of the Instituto Socioambiental, a non-governmental organization.
The relation said a wellness idiosyncratic successful the Homoxi territory gave amerciable miners vaccines successful speech for gold. The idiosyncratic besides sold gasoline and a generator to the miners for gold, the relation said.
“The Yanomami person agelong complained that materials and medicines intended for indigenous wellness are being diverted to wildcat miners,” Hutukara’s Dário Kopenawa Ianomâmi said successful a missive outlining the ceremonial complaints sent to prosecutors and the Health Ministry.
Another lawsuit progressive a abstracted wellness idiosyncratic who met miners astatine nighttime and gave them medicine successful speech for gold, the relation said.
The Health Ministry said it received the missive connected April 5 and had opened the investigation.