Spotlight on Brazil: protecting indigenous peoples

Whilst I’m absolutely enjoying the Olympics, we do need to shine a spotlight on Brazil and do all we can to protect and stand in solidarity with the country’s indigenous peoples.

After having the opportunity to visit some of our inspirational partners in Brazil I know from personal experience how amazing their work is amidst great challenges, and how vital our support for their work is.

Our indigenous sisters and brothers continue to be murdered, criminalised, threatened, evicted from their land, and their rights to health, education and their cultural identities attacked alongside huge government cuts to their support!

Please read and share this brilliant and challenging blog from of my brilliant colleagues, Esther Gillingham, who is CAFOD’s Brazil Programme Officer.

CAFOD blog

Esther Gillingham is CAFOD’s Brazil Programme Officer. As the Olympic Games get underway in Rio, this World Indigenous Day (9 August) Esther turns the spotlight on our work with Brazil’s indigenous peoples.

Brazil is once again under the world’s spotlight. Just two years ago, Brazil spent roughly USD3.6bn of public money on stadiums for the 2014 World Cup. Now, when 25.8 million Brazilians live in poverty, and the country is experiencing its worst political and economic crisis in decades, Brazil is hosting a second mega sporting event: the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro from 5 to 21 August.

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Brazil’s most vulnerable

In preparation, an estimated £3.8bn of taxpayers’ money has been spent and 77,000 people have been evicted from their homes. Here in the UK, I’ve found it difficult to ignore the headlines about the Zika virus, entrenched political…

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