We, the Yanomami, do not want to die. Help us expel more than 20,000 miners who are spreading Covid-19 throughout our lands.
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The communities in the Yanomami Territory are seriously threatened! In the past, we lost many of our relatives to diseases brought in by non-indigenous people and today we still suffer from those losses. We do not want outsiders to bring in more diseases which threaten our relatives’ lives.
Today, we’re once more at risk from the Xawara (epidemic) brought in by non-indigenous people which you call Coronavirus. Our communities are far from the cities and are already suffering from an increase in cases of malaria, and there is not enough health care to look after our family members who are sick. We do not want this situation to become even worse with the arrival of Coronavirus.
We urgently need to prevent the spread of more diseases. Illegal miners come and go from our lands in search of gold with impunity. They circulate in our communities without any preventative health measures, and it is only a matter of time before the coronavirus Xawara [epidemic] spreads among us. We are also concerned about the Moxihatëtëa - groups of isolated (uncontacted) indigenous people - who know nothing about the Xawara that the non-indigenous people bring in. It is critical to stop the invasion of miners from causing yet another tragedy. We need to protect the lives of the Yanomami and Ye’kwana!
The Yanomami Leadership Forum has decided that we want to live healthily and without goldmining. Act before it's too late. Join us to prevent our families from being infected with the coronavirus by requiring the authorities of the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Health to take urgent measures in coordination with other government agencies, and with the appropriate health precautions, to remove all of the miners still on our land.
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