Topics : The APIB accuses the government of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro of having “done nothing” to prevent the relentless spread of coronavirus in areas where 750,000 indigenous people live. So far, more than 5,300 have been infected.Brazil is the second-worst-hit country in the world, with more than a million infections and over 50,000 deaths from COVID-19.”If he had adopted preventative measures from the beginning, we would have avoided this number of deaths,” Sonia Guajajara, APIB coordinator, told a podcast for the Socio-Environmental Institute NGO (ISA).Nonagenarian Kaiapo leader Raoni Metuktire claimed Bolsonaro was “taking advantage” of the pandemic to further exploitative projects in the Amazon that could endanger indigenous communities. ‘Pandemic of abandonment’ Poverty is further exacerbating the situation.Some 5,000 Qom people living in Chaco, in the north of Argentina, rely on social support as quarantine rules have prevented them from selling their handicrafts. Malnutrition doesn’t help, and there have been 16 deaths in less than a month.”These are vulnerable neighborhoods where they live in overcrowded situations, without access to basic services such as running water, which makes the virus spread faster,” said Argentina’s Social Development Minister Daniel Arroyo.In Guatemala, where half the population is indigenous, government assistance “hasn’t had an impact in places where the largest indigenous populations live,” said the human rights ombudsman in early June.”There’s already a pandemic of abandonment” of indigenous people, Daniel Pascual, coordinator of the Peasant Unity Committee, told AFP. ‘Fear for ancestral wisdom’ Wearing a crown of feathers, a necklace of tusks and a surgical mask, Remberto Cahuamari is worried that the loss of “grandparents” to COVID-19 will rob the Ticuna community in the Colombian department of Amazonas of its ancestral wisdom.”We’d be left with our young who in the future won’t know anything about our cultures and our customs. That’s what scares us,” he told AFP.A man with his face covered by a mask and holding a stick watches over the entrance to the village of El Progreso, which can only be reached by the Tucushira, one of more than 1,000 tributaries of the Amazon. This poor and depopulated part of southern Colombia has seen 320 coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants — the worst in the country — and 954 deaths per million, compared to Colombia’s average of just 33.Two-thirds of the village’s population is indigenous, and “at risk of extinction,” according to Colombia’s National Indigenous Organization.The extensive area has no road connection to the rest of the country, and the only public hospital has no intensive care unit.”When COVID-19 arrived, our defenses were low,” Armando Wooriyu, secretary to a local indigenous organization, told AFP.He said some communities have moved to remote locations or closed off access and turned to traditional medicine to fight the virus.In Loreto, in the Peruvian jungle, the virus has hit communities already affected by dengue, flu, rubella and smallpox.Some areas are only accessible by boat, and the nearest medical facility is “between six and eight hours, and up to three days or more” away, said the Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the East.It said 60 percent of villages are lacking either a medical center, equipment or medicine.The Yuqui people from the tropical center of Bolivia are “in grave danger” of disappearing after 16 of its 300 members became infected, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The Pan American Health Organization says that at least 20,000 people living in the Amazon River basin, which passes through Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana and Suriname, are infected.On the border between Brazil and Venezuela, the Yanomamis territory is occupied by around 20,000 illegal miners, according to Survival International.Sometimes, the illegal miners and loggers carry the virus with them, exposing indigenous populations to danger.A study by the Federal University of Minas Gerais and ISA predicted that 14,000 Yanomamis could become infected if authorities don’t act to protect them. Indigenous people in Latin America have been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic due to weak immune systems and centuries of state neglect. The threat posed to indigenous communities was highlighted last week with the virus death of Brazilian chief Paulinho Paiakan, an iconic defender of the Amazon rainforest, which is home to 420 indigenous communities.Paiakan’s death in a hospital in the north of Brazil was one of more than 300 amongst the country’s 100 indigenous communities, according to the Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) group. That was five times as many deaths as in the whole of 2019.
More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago MasterChef 2015 runner-up Georgia Barnes will do cookting demostrations at three Flagstone display homes.THREE display-home kitchens will be put to the test on September 22, as MasterChef 2015 runner-up Georgia Barnes cooks up a storm.The ‘Boom! Flair and Flavours’ workshops will not only be a chance to showcase the kitchens of the growing Flagstone region, but also a chance for on-lookers to get some affordable yet delicious recipes off the culinary star.Ms Barnes said she was looking forward to the event, since she was aware of the importance the kitchen played in the household.“Kitchens are a very personal thing and probably one of the biggest decisions you’ll make when building a new home,” she said. “If you have a great kitchen, it’s a motivation to have people over.”“I enjoy living on my own but love nothing more than having my friends and family over.” >>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<< The Flagstone display village, located on Trailblazer Drive, is a glimpse into the future of a city expected to house over 12,000 homes in the next thirty years.Developers anticipate that in addition to a central business district, Flagstone will have its own hospital, tertiary education facilities and train line the coming decades.The homes on display during Ms Barnes’ three demonstrations are designed by GJ Gardner Homes, Spectrum Homes and Metricon Homes, all of which are built by Flagstone’s developer Peet Limited.Peet Limited managing director Brendan Gore said kitchens were an integral part of properties, hence the ‘Boom! Flair and Flavours’ event.“We are starting in the kitchen, which is the heart of the house,” Mr Gore said. “New homebuyers and young families, in particular, often have a strong sense of style and are looking to replicate the latest fashions with solutions that are both practical and affordable.”He said that as a city of the future, Flagstone needed to show off the latest trends in home design.Among the features on display on Saturday will be the pantry space and bench tops of homes to be built at Flagstone, including an increasingly popular addition to new kitchens: the butler’s pantry.
SPRING VALLEY, Minn. – More than 110 IMCA Modified and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod drivers are now entered for the history-making Harris Clash.Deer Creek Speedway hosts the 27th annual event next Tuesday, Aug. 7. Modifieds will race for $3,000 to win, Northern SportMods for $1,000 to win when the first-ever IMCA-sanctioned event is held at the Spring Valley, Minn., oval.The Modified feature is a qualifying event for the 2019 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Minnesota State points are at stake for both divisions.Modifieds also earn Side Biter Chassis North Central Region points. The 61 drivers now pre-entered in that division are:Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa; Chad Andersen, Fort Calhoun, Neb.; J.D. Auringer, Waterloo, Iowa; Josh Barta, Cedar Falls, Iowa; Jacob Bleess, Chatfield; Jeff Bodendorfer Jr., Waterford, Wis.; Chris Bragg, Springtown, Texas; Jason Brees, Meriden, Iowa; Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa; Rob Charapata, Green Bay, Wis.; Clayton Christensen, Spencer, Iowa; and Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa.Eric Dailey, Armstrong, Iowa; Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; Darin Duffy, Urbana, Iowa; Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.; Chase Ellingson, Ackley, Iowa; Josh Foster, Fertile, Iowa; Richie Gustin, Gilman, Iowa; Clint Hatlestad, Glencoe; Adam Hensel, Baldwin, Wis.; Jacob Hobscheidt, Plattsmouth, Neb.; Jesse Hoeft, Forest City, Iowa; and Scott Hogan, Vinton, Iowa.Mat Hollerich, Good Thunder; Jeff Ignaszewski, Wells; Jeff James, Stanton, Iowa; Aaron Johnson, Brainerd; Billy Kendall, Baxter; Eddie Lemay Jr., Beaver Dam, Wis.; Tyler Limoges, Redwood Falls; Dalton Magers, Redwood Falls; Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; Mike Mashl, DePere, Wis.; Dan Menk, Franklin; Nick Meyer, Whittemore, Iowa; and Jeremy Mills, Garner, Iowa.Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; Brian Mullen, Seymour, Wis.; Mike Mullen, Seymour, Wis.; Jacob Murray, Hartford, Iowa; Mark Noble, Blooming Prairie; Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa; Scott Olson, Blairsburg, Iowa; Toby Patchen, Isanti; Chad Porter, Madison Lake; Steve Reynolds, Springfield, S.D.; Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa; and Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa.Jesse Skalicky, Fargo, N.D.; Jeremy Smith, Luverne; Jon Snyder, Ames, Iowa; Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, Iowa; Todd Stinehart, Waseca; Kevin Sustaire, Emory, Texas; Wade Taylor, Spring Creek, Nev.; Ricky Thornton Jr., Clive, Iowa; Andy Tiernan, Madrid, Iowa; Jake Timm, Minnesota City; Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz.; and Tony Wedelstadt, New London, Wis.The 52 pre-entered SportMod drivers include:John Albrecht, Glencoe; Joshua Appel, Mason City, Iowa; Eric Bassett, Mankato; Tim Bergerson, Eagle Lake; Jared Boumeester, Waseca; Ethan Braaksma, Newton, Iowa; Tyler Bragg, Springtown, Texas; Nicholas Carpenter, Leavenworth, Kan.; Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa; Jeff Carter, Mapleton; Rocky Caudle, Ellsworth, Iowa; Ben Chapman, Clarence, Iowa; and Nate Chodur, Lake Mills, Iowa.Taylor Elliott, Webster City, Iowa; Colby Fett, Algona, Iowa; John Foreman, Hospers, Iowa; Kyle Hanson, Williston, N.D.; Kelly Henderson, Minot, N.D.; Andrew Inman, Mason City, Iowa; Vern Jackson, Waterloo, Iowa; Mike Kennedy, Madison Lake; Rick Kretschmann, Sheboygan Falls, Wis.; Luke Krogh, Dickinson, N.D.; Jeremiah LaDue, Trenton, N.D.; Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis.; and Jeff Lloyd, LeCenterJohnathon Logue, Boone, Iowa; Tara Longnecker, Boone, Iowa; Hunter Longnecker, Woodward, Iowa; Greg Magsam, Shawano, Wis.; Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa; Doug McCollough, Webster City, Iowa; Thomas Nelson Jr., Aurora, Colo.; George Nordman, Mason City, Iowa; Jared Nytroe, Brandon, S.D.; Kyle Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Justin Remus, New Ulm; Tony Rialson, Cottonwood; and Cory Rose, Boone, Iowa.And Jake Sachau, Denison, Iowa; Brian Schrage, Cresco, Iowa; Austin Schrage, Cresco, Iowa; Alex Schubbe, North Mankato; Doug Smith, Lanesboro, Iowa; Jeff Steenbergen, Watertown, Wis.; Ben Stockton, Kansas, City, Mo.; Jared Van Deest, Holland, Iowa; Travis VandenTop, Rock Rapids, Iowa; Andy Voigt, Beaver Dam, Wis.; Bill Wegner, Armstrong, Iowa; Nate Whitehurst, Mason City, Iowa; and Sam Wieben, Dysart, Iowa.Late entry fees are $100 for Modifieds and $70 for Northern SportMods.Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. on race day at Spring Valley. Hot laps and the drivers’ meeting precede racing at 7 p.m.Grandstand admission is $20 for adults and $5 for kids ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 for adults, $20 for students ages 6-15 and $5 for kids ages five and under.More information about the Harris Clash, presented by Asgrow/DeKalb Seeds, is available on the www.harrisclash.com and www.deercreekspeedway.com websites.The Harris Clash will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.