Fears for the ‘lost tribes’ of the Amazon as huge wildfires devastate vast swathes of rainforest
There are fears for the safety of the ‘lost tribes’ of the Amazon as large areas of the rainforest are engulfed by huge wildfires.
Forest fires in Brazil are up more than 80 per cent in the country this year, hitting their highest point since 2013, space research agency INPE revealed, and experts now warn that indigenous tribes could have their homes destroyed.
Theindigenous Mura tribe have also revealed how the destruction of the Amazon rainforest is damaging their home.
The tribe painted their bodies with orange-red paint and took up long bows and clubs this week as they tried to draw attention to the damage caused by the wildfires, as well as deforestation.
More than 18,000 Mura live in Amazonas state, the largest and best-preserved state in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, according to data compiled by the non-government organization Instituto Socioambiental.
Members of the tribe revealed an area the size of several football fields near their village where the forest had been cleared away, leaving a broad dirt hole in the ground pockmarked by the treads of heavy machinery.
Indigenous people from the Mura tribe shows a deforested area in unmarked indigenous lands inside the Amazon rainforest near Humaita, Amazonas State
The Mura tribe are fighting to get the area marked as tribal land to get it protected in the fight against the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest
Brazilian state experts have reported a record of nearly 77,000 wildfires across the country so far this year, up 85% over the same period in 2018 (pictured: A raging fire in the Amazon rainforest in the state of Tocantins, Brazil, August 17)
Raging fires in the Amazon rainforest – known as ‘the lungs of the planet’ – have sparked global concerns (pictured: A fire in the Amazon rainforest in the state of Tocantins, Brazil, August 17, 2019)
A view of an area that has been scorched by fire in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. Wildfires are another issue the Mura are fighting against
‘With each passing day, we see the destruction advance: deforestation, invasion, logging,’ said Handerch Wakana Mura, one of several leaders of a tribal clan of more than 60 people.
‘We are sad because the forest is dying at every moment. We feel the climate changing and the world needs the forest.’