The Yanomami, an indigenous people in the northern Amazon rainforest, were attacked by illegal gold miners several times in recent weeks, leaving several people wounded and two young children dead. With tens of thousands of miners still illegally occupying their land, the threat of continued violence remains.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has called on Brazil to address the COVID-19 pandemic in the Yanomami Territory.
The Amazon Emergency Fund (AEF) received a $2 million donation from the French Government to deliver COVID-19 relief to indigenous communities.
Murder of Two Yanomami by Illegal Miners Heightens Fears of Renewed Cycle of Violence in the Brazilian Amazon
The murders reinforce the need for the Brazilian government to immediately expel the more than 20,000 miners illegally operating on Yanomami land.
Miners Out, COVID-19 Out: The Yanomami and Ye’Kwana People of the Brazilian Amazon Launch a Global Campaign to Expel Miners From Their Territory
Indigenous leaders demand the urgent removal of 20,000 illegal gold miners from their lands to prevent the spread of COVID-19
SOS Rainforest Live: Major Artists Unite in Support of Indigenous Guardians of the Rainforests Threatened by the COVID-19 Pandemic
On June 21st, major international artists will join in solidarity with indigenous peoples for a livestream concert to raise awareness and support for indigenous forest guardians under extreme threat from the coronavirus.
Rainforest Foundation US Partners With Indigenous Peoples and Ally Organizations on New Amazon Emergency Fund
RFUS has joined forces with COICA and other NGOs to establish a fund that supports indigenous communities facing COVID-19.
An interview with the Legal Advisor for the Indigenous Council of Roraima about adressing COVID-19 in his territory.
A joint statement by Rainforest Foundation US, UK, and Norway in support of indigenous communities facing COVID-19.
Rainforest Foundation US’s Suzanne Pelletier and other charity heads discuss the future of cryptocurrency.
RFUS is assisting indigenous communities to access and share COVID-19 prevention information.
Reflections from the Rainforest Foundation US team and initial steps we are taking to address the potential impact of this virus on indigenous communities