Paulo Paulino Guajajara Bio
Paulo Paulino Guajajara was are one of Brazil’s largest indigenous groups with some 20,000 people. He is the land defender, who was in his late twenties and had a son, was a Guajajara leader. He was a member of Guardians of the Forest, a group formed to combat logging gangs in the area.
Amazon Land Defender
The tribesmen are members of an indigenous forest guard called Guardians of the Forest, which formed in 2012 to ward off logging gangs pillaging their rare, hardwood-rich reserve.
Their work involves armed patrols and destroying logging encampments and has earned them dangerous enemies. Several Guardians in Maranhão have killed in recent years, including three from Araribóia.
In an interview with Reuters news agency in September, Paulino Guajajara had said protecting the forest from intruders had become a dangerous task. Still, his people could not give in to fear.
“I’m scared at times, but we have to lift our heads and act. We are here fighting,” he had said at the time.
“We are protecting our land and the life on it, the animals, the birds, even the Awa who are here too,” added Paulino Guajajara, who was in his twenties and leaves behind one son.
“There is so much destruction of Nature happening, good trees with wood as hard as steel being cut down and taken away.
“We have to preserve this life for our children’s future.”
The APIB, which represents many of Brazil’s 900,000 indigenous people, said Mr. Bolsonaro’s government had serious questions to answer.
The Bolsonaro government has indigenous blood on its hands, it said in a statement. The increase in violence in indigenous territories is a direct result of his hateful speeches and steps taken against our people.
Paulo Paulino Guajajara Death
An indigenous forest defender Paulo Paulino Guajajara has killed and another wounded after illegal loggers ambushed them in Brazil’s Amazon forest.
According to Gilderlan Rodrigues, Maranhão regional coordinator of Brazil’s indigenous missionary council, the murdered tribesman had threatened several times.
Paulo Paulino Guajajara, a leader of an indigenous group seeking to protect the Arariboia indigenous reserve in Maranhao state from incursions, was shot in the face while on a hunting trip, leaders of the Guajajara tribe said on Saturday.