Tribal leader to the UN: Indigenous peoples of the Amazon are in danger via @mongabay
Tribal leader to the UN: Indigenous peoples of the Amazon are in danger Commentary by Almir Surui Narayamoga of the Surui tribe September 22, 2011 Editor's note: the following statement was presented by Almir Surui Narayamoga of the Surui tribe to the U.N. General Assembly in New York on September 21, 2011. Translation by Rhett Butler. Amazonian indigenous peoples and their traditional territories are living under constant threat. Illegal deforestation — carried out by loggers, ranchers, miners and intruders on indigenous territories — destroys the forest trees, kills birds by destroying their nests, kills animals that live off the fruits that grow there, and threatens indigenous peoples that live in forests and depend on them. My people, the Surui Paiter, are living proof of what I say. We have long suffered the wrongful acts of loggers that steal our forests and threaten...