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Five Indian Kids Die for Lack of Medical Help in Amazonas, Brazil

An Indian kid from the Javari Valley In Brazil, the health condition of indigenous peoples in the Javari Valley, west of the state of Amazonas,  is critical. The Indigenous Council of the Javari Valley (Civaja) informs that, between December 3 and 30 last year, eight indigenous people, five of whom were children, died in the region. Civaja intends to report this situation to international organizations.

"We do not believe in promises anymore," said Clóvis Marubo, coordinator of Civaja, an organization whose leaders came to Brazilian capital Brasí­lia in 2007 to report the health situation of indigenous peoples in the Javari Valley to the Minister of Health and other Federal Government representatives. 

Civaja reported that these indigenous people died because they were not removed from their village on time to a place where they could get medical treatment.

"We do not know for sure the cause of their death, whether it was malaria, yellow fever, hepatitis…," said Clóvis, who criticized the non-conclusion of a serological investigation in the region. "We do not know which diseases are infecting our people here," he added.

According to Civaja, the Indigenous Health Care Home – CASAI, located in the city of Atalaia do Norte, is being used as a shelter for over 150 indigenous people today, but it was built to accommodate up to 35 individuals at most.

In indigenous villages, at least 6 children are in serious health conditions and will have to be removed to a different location; among them one of the sisters of a child who died on December 29.

Civaja has reinforced reports against the City Hall of Atalaia do Norte. One of the children who died, Txuki, 6, from the Marubo people, waited for two days for an authorization from the City Hall for a boat to be sent for him.

Due to the delay, Txuki died on December 28 while being taken to Atalaia do Norte. Besides, according to the Council, some people who work in the City Hall are allegedly using funds earmarked for health care services for indigenous people for other purposes.
 
Promises, Promises

After a public hearing held in Atalaia on August 2007, the 6th Federal Chamber of the Prosecutor's Office, the National Health Foundation (Funasa) and other agencies signed a second Conduct Adjustment Term (TAC) which listed several measures to be taken to improve the situation.

At the end of 2007, Funasa pledged to complete the projects of four base stations (health stations which are closer to the villages) and to install solar refrigerators to keep vaccines and, after they are installed, to complete a serological investigation with indigenous peoples in the region.

According to Funasa, these refrigerators have been already bought, but only one of the new stations is actually being built (the others are expected to begin to be built in late January). Funasa argued that the occupation of Funasa's Regional Coordination Office in the state of Amazonas (Core/Amazonas), on December 2007, has delayed the building activities.

In Civaja's opinion, what actually happened is that another document was signed without any practical results. About 3,000 indigenous people from the Marubo, Mayuruna, Matis, Kanamary, and Kulina peoples live in the Javari Valley, as well as some other non-contacted groups.

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  • Shellly

    Gringo
    Thanks for the comments. I try to detach myself from my emotions. I love my country, it is hard to criticize, believe it is not easy to do. Having said that, I cannot and will not turn the face away and pretend that everything is O.K. Brazil will not be a country for my kids or even for myself. However, I will always do whatever I can to help. My work is only beginning, I have a few plans for the future, but I will wait for the right moment and I think that conflict resolution classes that I have taken in this country will came in handy.

  • ch.c.

    Viva Lula ….the defender of the poors !
    Not providing healthcare to the poors when the country has US$ 186 billion of foreign currency reserves is….Lula style !
    That is one way to reduce somewhat poverty. Let the poors die !

  • Kess

    Foreign doctors are not good enough for Brazilians?
    Brazilian governmant refuses MÀƒ©dicos sem fronteiras from entering the Amazon region.
    No foreign medical care allowed. Brazilian doctors don’t like working there, so
    Brazilian government prefer leaving these people to die, instead of letting MÀƒ©dicos sem fronteiras (Doctors w/o Borders) enter the Amazon.

  • Gringo

    Shelly
    [quote]The international organizations are “prohibited” from entering certain areas.[/quote]

    Prohibited not only by FUNAI, but also by the locals in the area that think they own everything. I remember that story you mentioned about Greenpeace, and I saw the video. It is here.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9esNX7bzHY

    BTW Shelly, IÀ¢€™ve been meaning for some time to mention how much I enjoy your contributions to this forum and how much I admire your work (what you have said of it). Keep it up. You and Joao, certainly do lead by example!

  • Gringo

    To: keltin
    [quote]This is nothing more than the leftists in Brazil and elsewhere, trying to lie as well as they can by writing BS stories about ‘poor children dieing,’ when they are the ones who has a Leftist government in power in Brasilia. It’s just not THEIR leftist government, so they want to bring it down and get their own people in power.[/quote]

    You know I am REALLY tired of partisan hacks whining about leftist this and leftist that, like the whole world can be easily divided along one simplistic ideological line. You have ONE paragraph written with NO information in it all but have managed to scream LEFTIST 3 freaking times. Do us a favour, would you and your crackpot partisan mentally deficient sidekicks take it somewhere else? The article is about a serious issue in the north, one that I have seen with my own eyes (so there is no scare mongering), and your attempts at belittling the suffrage of children to gain cheap political points is nauseating and well beneath any caring human regardless of their true political stripe.

    So, again, please take your rabid humanity-hating venom elsewhere.

  • Shellly

    Ethinic cleasing
    [quote]In Brazil, the health condition of indigenous peoples in the Javari Valley, west of the state of Amazonas, is critical. The Indigenous Council of the Javari Valley (Civaja) informs that, between December 3 and 30 last year, eight indigenous people, five of whom were children, died in the region. Civaja intends to report this situation to international organizations.[/quote]

    Nothing will happen. The international organizations are “prohibited” from entering certain areas. Greenpeace was not allowed to visit a reservation and “jaguncos” where ready to kill them all. To me, what the Brazilian government is doing is quiet ethnic cleansing. The indigenous people are going through colonization all over again, under the world’s watch and nothing gets done.

  • keltin

    False and Leftist Heart Strings
    This is nothing more than the leftists in Brazil and elsewhere, trying to lie as well as they can by writing BS stories about ‘poor children dieing,’ when they are the ones who has a Leftist government in power in Brasilia. It’s just not THEIR leftist government, so they want to bring it down and get their own people in power.

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