Bodies have been found during the search for a journalist and an indigenous guide in the Brazilian Amazon where they disappeared eight days ago.
By James Blaars
Veteran British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous rights expert Bruno Pereira have disappeared after they were last seen over a week ago traveling by boat on the Itaquaí River in western Italy. ‘Amazon.
Indigenous leaders have expressed anger and frustration at what they call the lack of coordination in the search for the two men. Now the goal is to find out what happened and the circumstances in which it happened.
The two men were returning from the community of Sao Rafael to the town of Atalia do Norte, which borders the Amazon River, when they disappeared. The boat they were traveling in was new and full of fuel.
Both experienced navigators and connoisseurs of the region, the two men did not venture into the indigenous zone, which is forbidden to foreigners.
The human remains from the river are still under forensic examination. A fisherman who was seen brandishing a gun and pointing it at them the day before they disappeared has been arrested and is being questioned. His relatives claim that he was tortured and that the traces of blood found on his boat come from the slaughter of a pig.
Under intense pressure to find answers and solve the case, the army, navy, civil protection, police and indigenous volunteers scoured the area for clues and the two missing.
Looting of natural resources
Illegal fishing, illegal logging, excessive rubber exploitation plunder the natural resources and elements of the Amazon, as well as drug trafficking. These are dangerous and potentially deadly factors that conservation-minded people face in their day-to-day work.
Now, the men’s loved ones and the community in this beautiful, remote region of Brazil are eagerly awaiting the outcome of a meandering investigation linked to the tragedy of its stolen resources. Where will his current one lead, and what will eventually surface?