- Title: Wildfires lap the indigenous lands of the Nafukua community in Brazil's Amazon
- Date: 6th September 2019
- Summary: GAUCHA DO NORTE, MATO GROSSO, BRAZIL (SEPTEMBER 05, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF FIRES IN AMAZON MAN RUNNING BY FIRES (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) NAFUKUA COMMUNITY CHIEF, SARICO NAFUKUA, SAYING: "I almost passed out, my wife almost passed out. She collapsed. I had to help her so she can get away because she had breathed in smoke and collapsed." CREEK IN TRADITIONAL NAFUKUA LANDS CHARRED EARTH HUT FOR NAFUKUA (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) NAFUKUA MEMBER, RONALDO NAFUKUA, SAYING: "This water is very dirty because of the fire. This is the water that we drink, and this is why I am asking for help. We have many children here who need clean water from the creek. That is why I'm asking for help." CHARRED EARTH IN AFTERMATH OF FIRE
- Embargoed: 20th September 2019 16:22
- Keywords: Amazon indigenous tribe wildfires environment Gaucha do Norte Mato Grosso Brazil
- Location: GAUCHA DO NORTE, MATO GROSSO, BRAZIL
- City: GAUCHA DO NORTE, MATO GROSSO, BRAZIL
- Country: Brazil
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Wildfires/Forest Fires,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA001AVITHL3
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- Story Text: Fires rage on unabated in Brazil's Amazon, threatening the indigenous lands of the Nafukua Community and their livelihood.
The Nafukua community is one of the smallest indigenous groups in Mato Grosso state. Over hundreds of years, the Nafukua have fought off European virus and encroaching industry from threatening their traditional lands. But this year's wildfires have proven one of their greatest threats.
Living off the land, the Nafukua have seen their very food source under strain. Water from the local creek has been rendered undrinkable.
The highest number of forest fires since 2010 are tearing through the Amazon this year, data from the country's space research agency revealed last month, provoking a global outcry that more must be done to protect the world's largest tropical rainforest.
Critics have blamed Bolsonaro's policy to open up more of the Amazon to agriculture and mining for the uptake.
The protection of the Amazon, which absorbs vast amounts of greenhouse gas that causes global warming, is seen as vital to the fight against climate change.
(Production: Lucas Landau, Douglas Engle)
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