“Food gatherers murdered for loving Amazon more than life”

This sounds like a track from the  movie “The Godfather”.
The latest deaths of a husband and wife team of food gatherers is also being blamed on the Brazilian land and logging barons.
Nothing is being done. Jose Claudio Ribeiro da Silva, 52, and his wife Maria do Espirito Santo da Silva, 51, were shot dead in an ambush in late May close to their home in Nova Ipixuna, a small town of 15,000 people in the state of Para.

A 30-year-old agronomist who worked for two years with Silva who remains anonymous for fear of retribution, said the murdered ecologist had received death threats. “He was told things like ‘Your days are numbered’, ‘You are going to die’ and ‘Get ready to be silenced forever'”.

Their crime?

They had denounced illegal logging. To date five environmentalists murders are linked to powerful corporate interests in the vast South American jungle.

May they rest in peace.

Jose Claudio Ribeiro da Silva, 52, and his wife Maria do Espirito Santo da Silva, 51, were shot dead in an ambush in late May close to their home in Nova Ipixuna, a small town of 15,000 people in the state of Para.

Since their deaths, another three activists have been killed in the state, which is the epicenter of deadly land disputes. A fourth was killed in the state of Rondonia, also in the vast Amazon jungle.

The slain couple were part of the National Council of Gatherers, a group that collects natural food from the Amazon.

It was founded by an ecologist, Chico Mendes, who was murdered in 1988.

The Para prosecutor’s office said the Silvas’ murder “had a detail suggesting it was a typical hit: the killers cut off one of Jose Claudio’s ears.”

“In the Amazon region, hired killers do exist,” said Jose Battista, a lawyer for the local branch of the Pastoral Land Commission, a group linked to Brazil’s Catholic Church that defends poor rural workers.

Last year, the Commission printed a list of 125 people it said had contracts on their heads. Thirty of them were in the state of Para, and the Silvas were among them.

“Since the start of the year, we already have 20 names” to add to the list of those under threat of murder, Battista said.

To date, the police have made no progress in these cases.  The Godfather knows.

We are entering into a challenging possible dangerous time as we push the mega corparations and ultra wealthy to the task of helping Mother Nature.

“Thanks for all your heart and service to save our earth”-Mother Nature

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