Indigenous Bruno Araújo Pereira, who traveled with British journalist Dom Phillips through the Vale do Javari of the Amazon, is one of the leading experts on indigenous peoples living in isolation in Brazil.
Both went missing on June 5. Arrested fishermen Amarildo da Costa Oliveira said they were killed, according to federal police.
For the last decade, Bruno has held various roles at the Indian National Fund (Funai), including regional coordination of Vale do Javari, specifically in the area where he went missing during a mission on June 5. . (Read more at the end of this article).
Pereira is currently licensed by the unit and works as an adviser to the Vale do Javari (Univaja) Indigenous Union. The second largest indigenous land in Vale do Javari is the scene of the typical Amazon disputes: drug trafficking, timber smuggling and mining advances.
Immediately after the disappearance, the organization said Pereira received constant threats from loggers, hunters and fishermen. In a statement released at the time, the organization described the indigenous people as “deeply experienced and knowledgeable of the region because he had been the regional coordinator of the Funai de Atalaia do Norte for many years.”
In a statement posted on Funai in 2015, Pereira said: “Indigenous peoples’ policies go through cities, states and federal governments and must show how to differentiate between health and well-being. And education. […]. “This is the time to listen to indigenous peoples.”
Married to anthropologist Beatriz Matos, whom he met on his way to work in Vale do Javari, the indigenous man left two children, one 2 years old and the other 3 years old.
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Dream of working at Amazon
Pereira grew up in Pernambuco and left the area in the mid-2000s to pursue his dream of working at Amazon. He joined Funai in 2010 in the latest public competition promoted by the institution.
He became regional coordinator for the Vale do Javari, based in Atalaia do Norte (AM), but left the post in 2016 after a heated dispute between isolated locals.
However, in 2018 he resumed his work and became the general coordinator of the Funai area responsible for loneliness and recently contacted the Indians when he was leading the largest mission in 20 years. Last year to contact these indigenous peoples.
That year and the following year, he led a coordinating operation to crack down on illegal miners settling in Vale do Javari. Made in September 2019 and considered a success, the operation destroyed at least 60 illegally harvested ferries.
A month later, Bruno was fired. That’s when he decided to ask for unpaid leave from the fund.
“He is doing this work very carefully and with a lot of national and international recognition, and he has carried out a series of mediation activities that I think were the driving force behind Javari and then he was fired from his position. Coordinates ‘Bruno’s wife told’Wow ‘.
In the interview, Beatrice also said, “Under the conditions that Funai is in, he can not continue the work he is doing.” “So he has the option of being licensed by Funai to be able to work as a consultant for Univaja.”
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Mission in Javari Valley
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On May 1, Bruno Araújo Pereira and Dom Phillips meet in Atalaia do Norte (AM), an area of indigenous land in the Vale do Javari, near the border with Peru, where loggers’ encroachment and Miners are common. .
Bruno arrived at the scene a few weeks before he met Dom. Its purpose is to hold meetings in five villages on territorial defense. The British intend to interview indigenous and river leaders for the new book. Then the two of them started traveling together by boat.
On June 6, the disappearance was reported by Univaja and the Indigenous Peoples’ Observatory for Human Rights (OPI). The next day, Unijava’s legal advisers said the Navy and PF had ignored reports of suspects who had in the past threatened indigenous peoples.