A gold rush in the Roraima region of Brazil brought thousands of miners to the area. These miners brought many diseases with them that the Yanomami Tribe was not immune to, thus wiping out 15% of the tribe. The Brazilian Government ordered the…
This issue of the SAIIC Newsletter covers a broad range of topics surrounding the main theme of evangelical proselytizing (conversion) in South and Central America, along with the effects on Indian communities.
40,000 gold miners invaded Roraima. 15 Yanomami died as a result of the miners bringing malaria into Yanomami territory. Rivers have been polluted with mercury and gold miners are quickly spreading venereal diseases.
This article details the Yanomami Valley, which was under government supervision until 1996. Since the supervision was stopped, numerous gold miners have come to valley seeking riches and ultimately destroying the land for the people who live on it.