Indian leaders in Brazil are voicing their opposition to a draft law which if approved will allow mining in indigenous territories.
Davi Yanomami spoke recently to a Survival researcher by telephone from the Yanomami organisation, Hutukara.
‘I am very worried about the mining law. It will destroy our heartland. We use the water that flows through Yanomami land for drinking, cooking, washing and bathing.
‘I want to publicise this more and let everyone know what we are up against.
‘They offer us a bit of money but this is a sop. The Brazilian government will not help us. Once again they want to finish with my people, because they think mining is king. But mining will bring us disease, alcohol and pollution.
‘You who live far away please spread our message – there is another fight going on for our Yanomami land. Our land is recognised – the whole world knows this and the name Yanomami. But now the Lula government is ruining our land once again, even though it’s demarcated. The miners are being encouraged to invade and this is a crime.’