Report: Amazon tribe may have fallen victim to drug traffickers
Aerial images of the uncontacted tribe in Brazil's Amazon rain forest were released in February.
August 9th, 2011
07:32 AM ET

Report: Amazon tribe may have fallen victim to drug traffickers

Suspected Peruvian drug traffickers have destroyed a guard post protecting a recently discovered indigenous tribe in Brazil's Amazon rain forest, the aid group Survival International reports.

Aerial film and still images of the tribe were first shown to the world in February. The Brazilian government's National Indian Foundation established the guard station near the tribe's territory along Brazil's border with Peru to protect the Indians from outsiders.

Survival International said Monday that Brazilian authorities can now find no sign of the tribe.

"We think the Peruvians made the Indians flee. ... We are more worried than ever. This situation could be one of the biggest blows we have ever seen in the protection of uncontacted Indians in recent decades. It’s a catastrophe," Carlos Travassos, the head of Brazil's isolated Indians department, said in a Survival International statement.

Survival International reports the tribe's lands are near the Envira River, which Peruvian cocaine smugglers reportedly use as a route into Brazil.

Brazilian authorities report groups of men armed with machine guns and rifles are in the nearby forest, according to the aid group.

Authorities had recovered a drug trafficker's rucksack with a broken Indian arrow in it, Survival International reported.

"This is extremely distressing news. There is no knowing how many tribal peoples the drug trade has wiped out in the past, but all possible measures should be taken to stop it happening again. The world’s attention should be on these uncontacted Indians, just as it was at the beginning of this year when they were first captured on film," Survival International Director Stephen Corry said in a statement.

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  1. Bonita

    These tribes need to be rescued and decently educated, never be left out from the civilized world, even for the sake of their children. Those who oppose educating these tribes should send their kids there to live exactly like them for the rest of their lives. No hypocricy or a double standard, please. Every child deserves the finest education available on earth.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat2u

    @CNN You keep popping up the Duplicate comment detected. How can that be when you haven't posted my original comment ? You guys need to do some major repairs here.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bonita

    This tribe needs the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be saved.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      Saved from what, themselves ? Seems to me they need to be saved more from our modern, civilized world.

      August 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Sarcasm or do you really believe that Mythology stuff.

      August 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      I'm sure the Peruvian drug trafficers were wearing their gold crosses around their necks. Christianity was most likely represented in this situation.

      August 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Breezeman

      Let me put things into perspective. Look at that picture and remember that the men that wrote your bible were not very far away from what you see here. To them, the plane that took that picture was a god. The people that wrote your book were the same people that a few years before belived that the sun was a god's charriot of fire.

      Belive what you want to belive, leave everyone else alone.

      August 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bonita

      Leave your modern civilized world and join this tribe for the rest of your life, hypocrites.

      August 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      No one said anything about not exposing them to the World, but there's no reason to force them to believe a religion that they have no faith in. We decimated so many tribes and so much knowledge with the assumption that a tribe like this has nothing that we could learn. I'm sure they could give our society some insight on how to live happily and without a stock market if we could just get off our additction to organized religion.

      August 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      @Bonita Modern world ? No doubt !!!!!! Civilized ? Very questionable !!!!!!!

      August 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr

      Or the God they worship....tutufefeetutubobo!

      August 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • susan

      haha. Seriously that was funny

      August 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jessica

    i'm horrified that there is so much "god" talk going on here. UGH!! the issue here is the drug business the crooks that are connected with are killing tribes of people. These small village and hill tribes have their own culture and ethnicity. Who the hell are you to say they "need Jesus".
    AND DAN....you're an idiot. CHRISTIANS DO AND HAVE STARTED WARS. DUH!!!

    August 9, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • susan

      completely agree!!!!

      August 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Former pagan

    Before more villains get hand on this tribe, these people need to get Christianity, literacy education with Bibles and modern weapons for self-defense. Brazil must not cowardly wait for their dying out. This tribe needs to be rescued from the darkness of illiteracy and barbarism and from the criminals within and out.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rink

    I believe that these people should be left alone. NOT everybody needs christianity! They have their own gods to worship and civilization as a whole doesnt need to push their beliefs on them. Leave them alone and let them live their way if they havent been murdered yet.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bonita

    Westerners were heinous barbaric like this tribe before, killing children under the trees and doing all sorts of des-picable things. It's that way everywhere. Christianity with the Bible alone made any humans or society humane and civilized. Those who oppose educating this tribe should send their own kids to be raised like them. No hypocricy, please.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      how ignorant are you? the laws of Moses and the Bible are from Judaism, not Christianity. and there was the hammurabi code and the laws from Greece even before then. Christianity did not create civilization, civilaization was thriving for thousands of years before Christ (a rabbinical student) was even born. meanwhile, the tribes of the rainforest have lived at peace with themselves and nature just fine for thousands of years, it is the "christian" barbarians, so-called civilized men and women with midern religion, ideas and weapons who are destroying the world.

      August 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      It seems you may be being a little hypocritcal yourself by claiming that christianity is nothing but peaceful. I'm sorry to pop your bubble, but war in the name of christianity and religion in general has been rampant throughout history. If you deny these facts, then really need to be re-educated and quit following blindly !!!!

      August 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dayton

    Christians can't ever help without promoting their own agenda. Missionaries are responsible for destroying more indigenous cultures than anyone else. I say that as a fact, its 1:31 pm, 90 degrees outside and Christian missionaries are dangerous to indigenous cultures.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      I concur.

      August 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bonita

      Secular Americans are illiterate. The fact is: Christian missionaries fed, educated, healed and saved people everywhere. I'm from Asia and all the first hospitals, schools, and orphanages were set up by the European or American Christian missionaries. The best schools are mission schools everywhere.

      August 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat2u

    The world community has yet again contributed to the demise of an indiginous people. Why do we as a people feel we need to be worrying about the natural, simplistic lifestyle of a certain people ? They have probably lived this way for centuries. But because of our self rightousness, we feel that they must be modernized and "civilized" just like us. Think we modern, civilized people are a little full of ourselves ?

    August 9, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Marc Benarrous

    1. There is no god 2. Poor Indians 3. stupid drug traffic people.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dan

    Religion will destroy this beautiful earth and it's population in future wars because religious extremists believe that everybody that don't have the same beliefs or religion are infidels and should all die, religious freaks!!

    August 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dan

    Leave these people alone, they don't religion to survive, i don't!!

    August 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bonita

    Wow... Americans have become real stupid. They are not only immoral by leaving Christianity but are totally illiterate on the US history and the world history. Christian missionaries made the world civil by providing schools and hospitals everywhere. Others are either family abusers(pagans) or polluted perverts(secularists).

    August 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • jonathannycm

      Christian missions did nothing of the sort and I'll point to the Belgian controlled Congo as a prime example. The missions did nothing to stop the the raping and murdering of it's people and the aided in the exploitation of it's resources. YOU should brush up on your world history and read the book King Leopold's Ghost...

      August 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bonita

    This tribe needs Christianity and the Bibles for literacy and true strength. Afghans need Bibles, too. They never trust hedonistic secular Americans. The Bible should educate every human to be loving, intelligent and battle against villains.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bonita

    Unbelieving Americans are stupid but they are increasing in number. No wonder USA is going down like a garbage.

    August 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
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