Tension and threats force "forest guardians" out of indigenous land

The Guajajara act as 'guardians of the forest' against illegal loggers in the indigenous land of Arariboia

The Guajajara act as 'guardians of the forest' against illegal loggers in the indigenous land of Arariboia, Maranhão.

  |  Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Region in Maranhão that was the scene of murders lives escalation of violence, with routine of fear

When Folha arrived at Lagoa Comprida village, in the heart of the Arariboia indigenous land, after completing 34 km in four hours of travel by a rugged trail, it found the alleys of the region almost empty in the morning of 19 last.

The indigenous teacher Inara Souza later explained: "Men spend the night watching and sending women and children to hide in the bush. I was doing the laundry and got scared when you arrived. I sent the children all into the woods."

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