The Brazilian government along with Survival International, an organization working for tribal people's rights worldwide, has released never before seen visuals of an uncontacted Amazonian tribe living near the border of Peru.
The photos were taken by Brazil's Indian Affairs Department with the help of a Brazilian observation plane. Assisting the government is the Survival International team whose main aim is to protect the lives, land and human rights of tribal people residing in different corners of the world. The organization fights for one single cause and that is to help tribal communities live free in their own lands without any form of oppression or suppression.
The visuals taken show a group of seemingly healthy tribe members with baskets full of fresh papaya and manioc from their lands.
It is said that the area where the tribe resides is in grave danger from illegal loggers known to be close to its territory. In case, any contact is made, it may result in deaths and the possible extinction of the group. The Huffington Post quoted Survival's Director Stephen Corry saying, The illegal loggers will destroy this tribe. It's vital that the Peruvian government stop them before time runs out. The people in these photos are self-evidently healthy and thriving. What they need from us is their territory protected, so that they can make their own choices about their future. But this area is now at real risk, and if the wave of illegal logging isn't stopped fast, their future will be taken out of their hands. This isn't just a possibility: it's irrefutable history, rewritten on the graves of countless tribes for the last five centuries.
The Guardian reported that Indian leaders and forest protection groups have appealed to the Peruvian government which has been reluctant to stop the loggers' invasion of their territory. We are deeply troubled by the authorities' lack of action. Despite complaints from Peru and abroad against illegal logging, nothing has been done, said a spokesman for Peru's Amazon Indian organization Aidesep.
The visuals have been released to raise awareness among people about the tribe and the dangers that they are facing. These pictures will be included in the jungles episode of BBC1's Human Planet series coming Thursday. Get a glimpse of the visuals below: