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COVID-19 Fears Grow For Isolated Indigenous People In Brazil’s Amazon

COVID-19 Fears Grow For Isolated Indigenous People In Brazil’s Amazon

Dozens of indigenous people in the Brazilian Amazon’s Javari Valley – an area the size of Switzerland and Denmark combined – have contracted COVID-19, with experts and officials warning the disease poses a huge threat to their lives and culture. The valley in the west of Brazil’s Amazonas state is part of a region bordering […]

Femicides In Argentina Reach 10-year High Under Coronavirus Lockdown

Femicides In Argentina Reach 10-year High Under Coronavirus Lockdown

The number of women killed in Argentina has reached a 10-year high under coronavirus lockdown, a leading rights group said on Monday, with more than 50 femicides in less than two months. Three of those women were murdered in just the last four days, according to La Casa del Encuentro, a Buenos Aires-based feminist group […]

Brazil Sees Week Of ‘Attacks’ On Indigenous Rights – Congresswoman

Brazil Sees Week Of ‘Attacks’ On Indigenous Rights – Congresswoman

Brazil’s indigenous people have endured a week of “attacks” as a former missionary was appointed to manage the country’s uncontacted forest tribes and a push to open protected land for development moved ahead, indigenous campaigners said. This week, Brazil’s government-appointed Ricardo Lopes Dias, who worked for a decade as a missionary in an indigenous reservation […]

Hundreds Missing After Iron Ore Mine Dam Collapses In Brazil

Hundreds Missing After Iron Ore Mine Dam Collapses In Brazil

Brazilian rescue workers on Saturday searched for roughly 300 missing people after a tailings dam burst at an iron ore mine owned by Vale SA, amid faint hopes of finding many alive, three years after a similar disaster involving the miner. Nine people have been found dead after the dam burst on Friday, while nearly […]

The Story That Allowed More Stories – Women Speak Against João Teixeira de Faria In Brazil

The Story That Allowed More Stories – Women Speak Against João Teixeira de Faria In Brazil

It began earlier this month, when Dutch choreographer Zahira Leeneke Maus dropped a bombshell allegation on Brazil’s Globo TV: She said celebrity Brazilian psychic João Teixeira de Faria had raped her. Faria, who has appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and hosted “pilgrimages” around the world under his popular name, João de Deus, or John […]

At A Global Forum Of Feminists, One Thing Is Clear: It’s Where You Live That Counts

At A Global Forum Of Feminists, One Thing Is Clear: It’s Where You Live That Counts

There was a telling moment at last week’s women’s rights forum in Brazil when, in a rallying call, one of the speakers called out: “What do we want?” The reply was a low mumble of confusion. It was clear that expecting 1,800 women’s and transgender rights activists from 120 countries to align on one answer […]

Brazil Ousts Lawmaker Who Pushed For Rousseff Impeachment

Brazil Ousts Lawmaker Who Pushed For Rousseff Impeachment

Brazil’s lower house of Congress voted Monday to oust its former speaker Eduardo Cunha, who spearheaded the drive to impeach president Dilma Rousseff only to suffer his own graft-stained downfall. Cunha, who is often compared to the dark, manipulative villain Frank Underwood of the hit Netflix series “House of Cards,” was stripped of his seat […]

In Brazil, Girls Build Self-Esteem And Independence Through Sport

In Brazil, Girls Build Self-Esteem And Independence Through Sport

  “I’ve learned from sport that we have to make efforts to succeed. We get nowhere if we stay at the same place doing nothing,” says Adrielle Alexandre, a 12-year old young athlete from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At least four times a week after school, Adrielle goes to an Olympic Villa—one of 22 public […]

Team Nigeria to Depart for Rio2016 Paralympic Games Today

Team Nigeria to Depart for Rio2016 Paralympic Games Today

Team Nigeria’s contingent to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games is expected to depart today for Brazil. Paralympic Committee Nigeria Media Officer, Mr. Patrick Ibeh, said the team which is made up of 23 athletes and six coaches plus one athlete’s competition partner will depart the country through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja via Emirates […]

Students Speak: The Rio Olympics Come At A Cost To Brazil’s Poorest

Students Speak: The Rio Olympics Come At A Cost To Brazil’s Poorest

In August, Rio de Janeiro hosts the first Olympic Games on South American soil. But human rights campaigners have been concerned about the impact of the Games on the Brazilian city’s most vulnerable communities. Residents of Rio’s favelas have spoken of battles against forced evictions, police violence and wasted spending. We asked students to tell […]

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