Krahô Kanela (Amazonie) _ Emergency assistance to indigenous peoples
Deeply affected by the dramatic situation of the Amazon indigenous peoples in the wake of the intense fires that are destroying their territory, the Foundation is working alongside its partner, Fondation Partage Luxembourg, to provide assistance to the Krahô Kanela people, to whom the fires have dealt a particular blow.
The region in which the "Mata Alagada" is located, the territory of Krahô Kanela (7,000 hectares; 100 indigenous people, one village: Lankrarê) belongs to Bananal Island, which lies between Araguaia and Rio Javaé, and is the largest river island in the world. Since the 1990s, several initiatives had been aimed at securing the rights of the indigenous people to the exclusive use of their territories (covering two-thirds of the island) against the intrusion of large landowners who led their cows into their forest to graze (some 10,000 cows at the time). The prosecutor finally ruled in favour of the indigenous people, forcing the farmers to withdraw their herds. However, a simmering undercurrent of resentment has remained... and there is good reason to believe that the fires are a direct consequence of this conflict.
95% of the territory of Krahô Kanela has been destroyed by the fires, which spread over an area 22 km wide. Only their village Lankrarê could be saved. The animals, trees and plants have all been burned to the ground.
In collaboration with its partner, the Foundation's support will allow (1) the mass purchase of seeds for a major reforestation project that should begin in October and (2) water to be supplied to those denied access to it.
For more information : https://partage.lu/fr/actualites/376/indendies-impressionants-en-amazoni... (article from Conseil Indigéniste Missionnaire-CIMI).