Who were journalists and indigenous experts Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira killed in the Brazilian Amazon?

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Both had been threatened for their work on environmental issues. Missing for nearly two weeks, this Friday, the remains found in a remote area were confirmed to be theirs.

Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira
Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira

Bodies of British journalist Dom Phillips and local expert Bruno Pereira Missing for over a week in Brazil’s Amazon jungle, He was found and identified this week by Brazilian authorities. The expert confirmed that the death was due to gunshot wounds.

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This was not his first foray in this field, because They made a similar trip in 2018. Accompanied by photographer Gary Calton to find the whereabouts of an uncontacted tribe in Brazil.

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both already had threat to their work on environmental issues and took more during the trip.

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DOM PHILLIPS

57-year-old British reporter, 15 years living in Brazil Contributed to newspapers such as Guardian , Financial Times , Washington Post , New York Times , to hold among others.

FILE PHOTO: Senior foreign correspondent Dom Phillips (centre) speaks to two indigenous men in Aldeia Maloca Papiú, Roraima state, Brazil, 16 November 2019 (AFP)
FILE PHOTO: Senior foreign correspondent Dom Phillips (centre) speaks to two indigenous men in Aldeia Maloca Papiú, Roraima state, Brazil, 16 November 2019 (AFP)

Moreover, He was writing a book on Amazon preservation with support from the Alicia Patterson Foundation. which gave him a one-year fellowship for environmental reporting that runs until next January.

“A cautious journalist with an impressive knowledge of the complexity of the Brazilian environmental crisis”, Margaret Engel, executive director of the Alicia Patterson Foundation, said in an email.

Andrew Downie, one of his former colleagues, wrote: Guardian who met the journalist to mix upDom was editor for most of the 1990s. Phillips arrived in São Paulo in 2007 through music. . “Dom was friends with Brazilian DJs and he got there to finish writing Superstar DJs Here We Go!” made his comment.

most of his time in the 2010s Brazil’s preparations for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics and in the following years he turned his focus to environmental issues.

Phillips was writing a book on preserving the Amazon with support from the Alicia Patterson Foundation, which offers a one-year fellowship for environmental reporting that lasts until January.  Paper via Paul Sherwood/REUTERS
Phillips was writing a book on preserving the Amazon with support from the Alicia Patterson Foundation, which offers a one-year fellowship for environmental reporting that lasts until January. Paper via Paul Sherwood/REUTERS

Downie explained that everyone knew him as a selfless person, and that in addition to his job, he “teached English in a Rio slum and volunteered with youth in a public health program in Salvador.” He was also desperate to become a father, to focus that love on a family he could call his own. Therefore, he explains that he moved to Salvador with his girlfriend Alessandra. .

BRUNO ARAJO PEREIRA

Araújo Pereira, 41, Employees of the Brazilian domestic affairs agency with more experience in the Valle de Javari region.

Guardian sure Pereira was dismissed as Funai’s most important man for the non-contact tribes. politically motivated movement shortly after far-right President Jair Bolsonaro came to power. His dismissal at the end of 2019 came shortly after his team helped render one of the largest illegal mines in the Amazon region inoperable.

The turmoil in Funai marked the end of Pereira’s government career. He continued to work with the Human Rights Observatory of Isolated and Recently Contacted Indigenous Peoples (OPI), the umbrella organization of 26 indigenous groups in Vale do Javari, a remote region on Brazil’s western border with Peru. .

File photo dated October 9, 2019, showing Brazilian native Bruno Araújo Pereira.  EFE/ Daniel Marenco FILE
File photo dated October 9, 2019, showing Brazilian native Bruno Araújo Pereira. EFE/ Daniel Marenco FILE

Because, He had received numerous threats from illegal fishermen and hunters and often carried a firearm.

Araújo Pereira was married and had three children. “Every time he enters the forest, he brings with him this passion to help others,” his family said in a statement.

Fiona Watson, Director of Research at the NGO Survival International, concludes that she is “brave and selfless.”

Expertise on the death of Phillip and Araújo Pereira

The statutory medical examination, released on Saturday, Phillips’ death “was caused by thoracoabdominal trauma from a multiple-round firearm shot with typical hunting ammunition, which often resulted in injuries to the abdomen and chest” according to the description.

between Araújo Pereira, “caused by thoracoabdominal and cranial trauma from gunshots. with typical hunting ammunition, with multiple pellets causing chest/abdominal (2 shots) and face/skull (1 shot) injuries”.

FILE IMAGE.  Federal Police officers carry a coffin containing human remains after a suspect confessed to killing British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian indigenous expert Bruno Pereira and led police to the location of the bodies at the Federal Police Headquarters in Brasilia, Brazil, on June 16, 2019 .  2022. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
FILE IMAGE. Federal Police officers carry a coffin containing human remains after a suspect confessed to killing British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian indigenous expert Bruno Pereira and led police to the location of the bodies at the Federal Police Headquarters in Brasilia, Brazil, on June 16, 2019 . 2022. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Difficulty in identification, as admitted by one of the perpetrators of the crimeThe two victims were shot and dismembered before their remains were cremated and stored. in the middle of the forest where access is difficult.

Confirmation of the identity of the body and the cause of death was announced shortly after. The third suspect in the murders surrendered to the authorities and was immediately arrested.

This is a man identified as Jefferson da Silva Lima Brothers Amarildo and Oseney da Costa Oliveira, a convict known as “Pelado da Dinha”, the first of whom has confessed, are suspected of being complicit. Da Silva Lima volunteered at the police station in neighboring Atalaia do Norte earlier this Saturday.

“According to all the evidence and all the testimonies we have heard thus far, he (Da Silva Lima) was at the crime scene and actively participated in the double murder”, Commissioner Alex Perez Timoteo of the Atalaia do Norte Civil Police.

Protests demanding the appearance of Phillip and Araújo Pereira (REUTERS / Ueslei Marcelino / File Photo)
Protests demanding the appearance of Phillip and Araújo Pereira (REUTERS / Ueslei Marcelino / File Photo)

The Atalaia do Norte Civil Police and the Federal Police cooperating in the case, They’re investigating five suspects for disappearance and double murder charges, and to hide their corpses.

The two brothers arrested for the crime are fishermen and had already been scolded by Araújo. for fishing in jurisdictions of native reserves where it is prohibited.

Confessional prisoner the crime led the authorities to the place where they buried the bodies of their victims found within about 3 kilometers of the forest river where he captured and killed them.

Pereira had received several threats for her complaints against organizations dealing with drug trafficking, logging, illegal fishing and hunting in the Vale do Javari indigenous reserves.

(with information from AP, AFP)

Source: Info Bae

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