« Today, the situation of the Yanomami people is very bad because of the relentless invasion by illegal gold miners. They have polluted our rivers and streams and the health of our community is threatened.
The great soul of the forest is in peril.
We are mistreated by the people of the ‘world of merchandise’. »
« On Yanomami land, there are 25,000 gold miners. They also have helicopters to take goods and equipment to gold mining sites.
They bring mercury, oil, gasoline, and spread the diseases of white people. There are more and more planes. I don’t know where they come from but there are a lot of gold prospectors who come and land here.
The government of Brazil does not listen to us and does not want to see us. They don’t want to support the people of the forest.
The people of the forest are calling to you.
It is a cry of the Yanomami people, it is a cry of the earth.
We are calling for help. »
- Yanomami spokesman and shaman Davi Kopenawa
Please listen to the shaman’s message here:
This frantic gold fever is not only contaminating the lands and water in Yanomami territory. Near the city of Manaus, on the Madeira river, hundreds of illegal gold dredges are vacuuming the river bed seeking gold.
There are also illegal gold dredges operating on the rivers in Yanomami lands, where they caused the death of two children:
« My grandparents fished to feed the community in this river. Now it’s just sludge, gasoline, diesel and mercury contamination. Fish die and our Yanomami land is dying. – The gold miners took everything, our safety and our health. »
Please help stop this tragedy!
Please Boycott Gold!