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Brazil Soldiers Bring AIDS and STDs to Yanomami Indians

Brazil's Yanomami woman, kid and dog AIDS and other sexual transmitted diseases (STDs) are spreading among tribal peoples, including the Brazilian Yanomami Indians, due to increased contact with outsiders and dramatic social change, says  Survival International, an international organization that defends tribal peoples, in its new report, "Progress can kill."

Yanomami Indians in Brazil report that soldiers stationed on their land have brought gonorrhea and syphilis to their communities through sexual exploitation of tribal women. They fear that the soldiers will also transmit AIDS.

West Papua has a rate of AIDS at least 15 times the rate in Indonesia as a whole. The province is home to 312 tribes who have suffered extreme oppression and violence since the Indonesian occupation in the 1960s. Many tribespeople even believe that the Indonesian military is introducing HIV/AIDS deliberately in order to wipe them out.

AIDS was virtually unknown among the Bushmen of the Central Kalahari in Botswana before the government evicted them from their land, says Survival. But in New Xade resettlement camp in 2002, at least 40% of Bushman deaths were due to AIDS.

Survival's director Stephen Corry stated, "Tribal people die because their land is invaded and taken and because they succumb to outside diseases they never knew before. Increasingly now we can add HIV/AIDS to the list of killers.

"It is striking the most vulnerable peoples of all: those who have no grasp of the risks of unprotected sex; no access to condoms; no appropriate treatment; and whose numbers are already small. The first solution is the simplest – governments must ensure tribal lands are properly protected."

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  • ch.c.

    Yes Forrest, but……
    is the Brazilian army not trained to kill ?
    Since they have low moral, no morality and very old guns and equipment as per the other article on the subject of the Brazilian army,
    they are using the Brazilian dirtiest trick with their latest technology : bacterias and viruses against those they want to eliminate !!!
    And since they have no R&D laboratory and even less budget, they just transmit what they are full of !

    And they are not going to be charged with murder of first degree, but will take some better pays and grades, a few of them are the next generals.

    πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

  • Forrest Allen Brown

    test the men before they go in
    looks like the germ war fare that killed off they maya some 500 years ago !!

    if you have aids and hiv and still have sex without a condom and pass on your death by sex

    you should be charged with murder in the first degree

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