Illegal gold mining in the Amazon rainforests of Peru, Brazil and Venezuela is causing unprecedented und irreversible consequences for indigenous people and their lands. Immediate measures are required to save the Amazon and the Yanomami people from total destruction and extinction. Sônia Guajajara, Brazil’s newly appointed Minister of Indigenous Affairs is the first indigenous women to hold this position. Guajajara, President Lula da Silva and his new Minister of Environment, Marina Silva, will fight to preserve the Yanomami people and stop illegal gold mining and deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. Only time will tell if this battle against the unscrupulous practices of illegal gold miners will succeed.
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