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.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Maciej Sulecki took the podium at the final fight news conference on Thursday and made it clear he’d lost any respect that he had for WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade.“He’s the world champion only in talking,” Sulecki said through an interpreter in his native Polish. Join DAZN and watch Andrade vs. Sulecki on June 29Sulecki closed out his comments at the Graduate Providence hotel with equal disdain.“There’s a great saying in Poland: Pride goes before a fall. And I can tell you one thing, Demetrius: You can hold this belt for now because I can guarantee you I’m going to have fun in the ring taking this belt from you.”As a response, the southpaw champion from Providence took the podium and proceeded to tell Sulecki a cautionary account of one of their common opponents, Jack Culcay-Keth, and how similar talk and antics before that fight wound up with him getting beaten up badly — a path that “Boo Boo” believes the Polish fighter is walking right into as well.. @BooBooAndrade tells Maicej Sulecki a story about Jack Culcay-Keth, a common opponent of theirs, before adding that he’ll suffer the same fate he did on Saturday night. 🥊 pic.twitter.com/ZSLLxzfX1M— Sporting News Fights (@sn_fights) June 27, 2019What followed was a heated faceoff. Sulecki didn’t mince his words in the champ’s grill and leaned forward until the two fighters had to be separated.FACE-TO-FACE! 👀🗣 @BooBooAndrade @SuleckiMaciej #AndradeSulecki pic.twitter.com/bgVz6ES9pI— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) June 27, 2019The same scene could play out on Friday, when Andrade and Sulecki stare each other down after the weigh-in at the Waterplace Park. Just like that, what started out as relatively lighthearted exchanges between the two has grown intense, with vitriol even setting in from Sulecki.Would you expect anything different from the game challenger? Saturday night’s fight at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Andrade’s hometown and live on DAZN has as much at stake for him as it does the champion.MORE: Andrade about to make Canelo, GGG fights unavoidableFor Andrade (27-0, 17 KOs), it could set the table for a possible title-unification showdown with IBF/WBA champ Saul “Canelo” Alvarez or WBC titleholder Jermall Charlo, who was just upgraded to official world middleweight champion after the sanctioning body reclassified Canelo as its “franchise champion,” as reported by ESPN . Or it could open the door to a potential clash with Gennadiy Golovkin, whom Andrade has called out as much as Canelo.For Sulecki (28-1, 11 KOs), the bout presents the opportunity for the hard-hitting Polish fighter to prove to the boxing world he’s world champion-material, with his only loss coming against Daniel Jacobs, a former two-time middleweight champ who defeated him by unanimous decision in April 2018.As the gritty fighter stacks his credentials to that of the champ’s, he’s not impressed with “Boo Boo.”“He calls himself a two-(division) champion, but let’s see who he beat in his career,” Sulecki told Sporting News through his interpreter following the news conference Thursday. “He beat Jack Culcay-Keth. I also beat Jack Culcay-Keth. So, this is his stepping stone to saying, ‘I’m better than GGG or Canelo?’ This is funny. Even people right here in Providence are laughing at him when he’s saying those words.“He just plays a star,” Sulecki continued. “He’s not a star.”MORE: How to watch Andrade vs. Sulecki However Sulecki wants to slice it, Andrade is still the reigning champion — and one highly skilled boxer, who’s efficient and smooth with his hit-and-not-get-hit style behind that long jab. Sulecki will have to get inside of Andrade’s 5 1/2-inch reach advantage and take the fight to the champion to have a shot.Sulecki, who’s coming off a back-and-forth brawl that resulted in a unanimous decision over Gabriel Rosado in March, believes he can do just that. He also believes the quality of competition he has faced will show up big time on Saturday as he aims to make a career-defining moment on Andrade’s home turf.“Why is it my time? Because I fought great fighters,” Sulecki said. “I fought Daniel Jacobs — great fight. I knocked out Hugo Centeno Jr. — great fight. I’m 30-years-old, I have great experience, fought great fighters and now you’re going to see why.”