The Inquisition, the Crusaders or Muslim fanatic destruction have nothing on the actions of Paraguay today. The slaughter of the innocents on the last reserve historically by special interest groups, in the Chaco region in Paraguay is taking place under our noses. Chaco is home to the only remaining uncontacted tribe in South America outside of the Amazon, the Ayoreo-Totobiegosode on the Chaco Biosphere Reserve and the home of the South American Jaguar (Panthera onca) or el tigre as the natives call him.
This “legal” take over is a greedy land grab in the Chaco Biosphere Reserve area. Seems for years the government in Paraguay has been selling/ turning a blind eye to interests groups advancing and taking over and killing off the inhabitants that resisted their farming or ranching on the lands in this area. Now, supposedly the lands have been designated as private international biosphere lands, but a ranching company is bulldozing the reserve at a devastating rate as you read this!
So much for Paraguay living up to its namesake the “heart of America”.
If this is our heart we are in deep dark trouble.
The government seems or chooses to be helpless to stop them and protect the quiet natives and the near threatened jaguar that live there for centuries. A government representative and two relatives of the tribe have tried to enter the region, but personnel from the ranchers company, Yaguarete Pora S.A, barred them. Barred the government!! Is there something wrong with this picture? Satellite photos show that thousands of hectares of the reserve have been destroyed, despite Yaguarete Pora having its license to work there withdrawn by the government.
NESCO a United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural and sustainable development organization that runs the preserve created in 2005 seems helpless to stop this genocide for the last of the indigenous peoples not yet run off their valuable land and the home of the iconic jaguar. Seems they need lots of help from people of all ages and positions in life.
Excerpts courtesy of http://www.survivalinternational.org/actnow/walkyourtalk
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