Virus kills leading Brazil indigenous chief Aritana

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Aritana, 71, a chief of the Yawalapiti people in the Amazon, was known for fighting to protect the world's biggest rainforest [File: Ueslei Marcelino/ Reuters]

One of Brazil’s leading indigenous chiefs, Aritana Yawalapiti, has died of respiratory complications caused by COVID-19, his family said.

Aritana, 71, a chief of the Yawalapiti people in the Amazon, was known for fighting to protect the world’s biggest rainforest and the rights of the indigenous peoples who live there.

“He was a great advocate in the struggle to preserve and perpetuate his people’s culture for future generations and a tireless activist against the effects of deforestation,” his family said in a statement.

Ajazeera

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