How deforestation turned the Amazon Forest into a powder keg

With a rifle on his shoulder and desolation in his heart, Tatji Arara walks among the tree trunks of a forest that has been disfigured by illegal loggers in the state of Pará. We are in the heart of the Amazon, a forest that has been ravished by a large-scale land dispute. "I've been living here since I was a child and I've never seen anything like this. New trees are cut down everyday," sighs the 41-year-old indigenous chieftain, who says deforestation has been speeding up since President Jair Bolsonaro's inauguration in January.

During his electoral campaign, Bolsonato proclaimed he would not give away "a single inch" of Amerindian reserves.

According to Brazilian NGO Imazon, deforestation in the Amazon Forest increased by 54% from January 2018 to January 2019 - Bolsonaro's first month in office. 37% of the devastated areas are located in the state of Pará.

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