Lula moves to protect indigenous Yanomani amid hunger deaths

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Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has called for emergency action to assist the country’s Yanomami indigenous group, according to a government statement on Monday.

A Yanomami child, 4, who is treated for malnutrition, holds her father’s hand at the special yard for indigenous people of the Santo Antonio Children’s Hospital, in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil, January 27, 2023.

By Stefano Pozzebon and Hira Humayun, CNN

Living conditions among the relatively isolated Yanomani have deteriorated precipitously, with over 570 deaths from hunger over the last four years, according to CNN Brasil.

The new Brazilian government plan will aim to provide nutritional and health assistance to the Yanomami and to guarantee security in the territory, where illegal miners and trespassers have caused deforestation and are accused of spreading disease and blocking travel.

The operation – which will draw on Brazil’s Justice, Defense, Indigenous People and Mining Ministries – also seeks…

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