Al Jazeera English published this video item, entitled “Illegal mining, abuses surge on Indigenous land in Brazil: Report” – below is their description.
Illegal gold mining surged by a record amount last year on Brazil’s biggest Indigenous reservation, according to a new report that carried chilling accounts of abuses by miners, including extorting sex from women and girls.
The area scarred by “garimpo”, or wildcat gold mining, on the Yanomami reservation in the Amazon rainforest increased by 46 percent in 2021, to 3,272 hectares (8,085 acres), said a report by the Hutukara Yanomami Association (HAY) on Monday.
The report comes as far-right President Jair Bolsonaro pushes legislation to legalise mining on Indigenous lands, drawing protests from Indigenous groups and environmentalists.
The Yanomami, one of the Amazon’s most iconic Indigenous groups, related a harrowing series of abuses.
Al Jazeera’s Monica Yanakiew reports from Brasilia.
–Al Jazeera English YouTube Channel
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