Survival International

An appeal from the Yanomami

Malnourished Yanomami person with emergency healthcare staff.
© URIHI - Associação Yanomami

Thousands of illegal goldminers are destroying the land of the Yanomami indigenous people in the northern Amazon.

They bring violence and infectious diseases to the communities living there, and are poisoning the rivers and fish with mercury.

Some Yanomami are uncontacted - they avoid contact with outsiders, including other Yanomami. Uncontacted tribes are the most vulnerable peoples on the planet and the invaders could wipe them out.

Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, a shaman and a leader of the Yanomami people, says:

Dear friend,

We Yanomami and Ye'kuana people do not want mining on our land. We are extremely worried.

Mining won't bring any benefits to us - only disease, violence and death.

We need to pressure the government. Together, we are strong.

Davi Kopenawa Yanomami

In the 1980s, Davi Kopenawa Yanomami and the Yanomami's supporters around the world fought for the protection of the Yanomami territory - and won. Together, we can win again. Please act now in solidarity with Davi and the Yanomami.

Please email Brazil's President and senior ministers now.

Your email will be sent to:
Ministra Marina Silva (Government of Brazil)
Presidente Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (President of Brazil)
Ministra Sonia Guajajara (Ministry of Indigenous Peoples)
Ministra Nísia Verônica Trindade Lima (Ministry of Health)
Ministro José Mucio Monteiro Filho (Ministry of Defense)
Ministro Ricardo Lewandowski (Government of Brazil)

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