|Brazil’s Awá tribe are the
Earth's most threatened tribe. |
Expressing their ‘concern’ and ‘alarm’ to the UK Parliament, the MPs say Brazil must take action before the Awá tribe are driven to extinction.
In the parliamentary motion, the MPs ‘urge [Brazil] to bring a halt to illegal logging and stop invasions of the Awá’s land.’
Only 460 Awá live in Brazil’s north-eastern state of Maranhão, and their land is being destroyed faster than any other Amazon tribe.
As nomadic hunter-gatherers, the Awá depend on their forest to survive.
One Awá man told Survival, ‘The loggers are destroying all the land… This is Indian land… I am angry, very angry with the loggers, extremely angry. There is no game for me to hunt, and my children are hungry’.
|UK politicians want Brazil's
Justice Minister to halt illegal logging in the Awá's territory. |
© Fiona Watson/Survival
However, despite these pledges, thousands of illegal loggers are still believed to be operating in the area, and the start of the logging season has renewed fears.
The Awá are appealing to Brazil’s Justice Minister to do more to protect their territories, which, despite being legally recognized, are being ravaged by deforestation.
But the tribe remain determined not to lose their strong connection to the land. One Awá man said, ‘We are nothing without our land… it will not be destroyed, because we are here.’
Survival’s Director Stephen Corry said today, ‘British Parliamentarians are right to be concerned. It’s vital Brazil’s Justice Minister takes action straight away: if he can’t manage to enact Brazil’s own laws, the Awá will soon be destroyed.’