'Where are the Yanomami?'; What Is Known about The Indigenous Assault Case

Report of rape and death of indigenous in the Waikás region caused commotion

Last week, an indigenous representative said that a Yanomami teenager had been raped by prospectors and killed. In addition, a second child is missing.

In recent days, after reports of the disappearance of the village where the children would come from, an appeal has grown on social media: "Where are the Yanomami?".

ARACAÇA,RR- 27/04/2022 - There were clues of a possible body cremation. (Foto: Arquivo pessoal) - Arquivo pessoal


On April 25, indigenous leader Júnior Hekurari Yanomami, from Condisi-YY (District Council for Yanomami and Ye'kwana Indigenous Health), denounced the rape and death of a 12-year-old girl in the Arakaça community, in the Waikás region, in Roraima. A second child is said to be missing after falling off a boat.

Garimpeiros [clandestine gold diggers] are responsible for the rape and disappearance, according to the indigenous leader.

The complaint led to operations by the Federal Police, the Federal Public Ministry, the National Indian Foundation and the Special Secretariat for Indigenous Health.

The teams were in the Arakaça village on April 27th and 28th. Parts of the village structure were burned, and the indigenous people were not there. There were clues of a possible body cremation.

In a note, the Condisi Yanomami states that it is customary and tradition, after the death of a loved one, to burn the place where a tribe used to live and seek a new place to live.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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