Amazon loggers ‘burn Indian girl alive’

Awa tribal people

Mother and baby from the Awa-Guaja tribe, Brazil - Photo: Domenico Pugliese-Survival

Disturbing evidence of the reported burning alive of an eight-year-old girl has been reported by Survival International.

Loggers are alleged to have grabbed the girl belonging to the Awa tribe, tied her to a tree, and burnt her alive, to force the tribal people out of the Amazon forest.

According to Survival, Brazilian NGO CIMI, The Order of Attorneys of Brazil and the Maranhão Human Rights Society, who jointly carried out the investigation, also found, “many indications that the Awá had been in the place of the reported incident.”

Illegal logging is destroying much of the forest and indigenous groups have had their villages burnt down and have been forced to flee.

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