Venezuela: Warao Indigenous people fleeing crisis, arrive in Brazil

Posted on May 10, 2017 • Filed under: Border Issues, Brazil, Conflicts, Latin America Indigenous Issues, Venezuela


Around 400 indigenous Warao people from the Orinoco Delta in Venezuela have arrived in the Brazilian city of Manaus in the Amazon.

BBC.COM / The authorities have declared a social emergency to seek government funds to help with the influx.

The Warao say they travelled around 2,000 km (1,250 miles) and are fleeing hunger and Venezuela’s worsening economic and political crisis.

Warao people have also gone to the northern Brazilian state of Roraima.

In Boa Vista, the state capital, city authorities say more than 500 Warao arrived across the border but were deported because of concerns about vagrancy and begging. Read Article

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