Few stories ever make me legitimately sad. This is one of them.

Earlier this year, aerial photosof a newly discovered tribe living in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest electrified the internet. Now that entire tribe, numbering around 200, has gone missing—and a panicking Brazilian government fears that cocaine smugglers are to blame.

The evidence is chilling. A guard post erected to protect the tribe and its land was “ransacked and destroyed” by men carrying sub-machine and rifles, according to a guard who survived the ambush. Those heavily armed drug traffickers now occupy the base and patrol the forest around the missing tribe’s former village.

International aid groups that watch indigenous populations are worried and they also seem to think those in the game are responsible.

I was going to write a response but I think a solid FFS more than suffices.


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