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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Native Brazilians visit UK
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¬†Two Guarani Indians are arriving in England tomorrow (Tuesday) to speak about their people's 500 year struggle for survival. Marcos Veron and Leia Aquino Pedro will speak at public events in London and Tyneside as part of a European tour to promote a new book: 'Disinherited - Indians in Brazil'. This year marks the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Europeans in South America. Timing of the launch is apt as atrocities continue against vulnerable landless groups in Brazil. A group of Guarai-Kaiova Indians were attacked by police as they tried to return to their traditional lands on 31 October. The leader of the group and a child were shot during the attack. Denise Carter, CAFOD's head of home division, met the group during her recent visit. She said: "We spoke to the leader Ambrosio when we met them camped at the side of the road by the grave of a baby who had died after being shot by a rancher's gunman. It is all just so heartbreaking - to treat such a vulnerable group of people in such a brutal way." The Guarani are the largest tribe in Brazil, but they have the least land per head of any of the country's tribal people. They are now facing an epidemic of suicides, particularly among teenagers and children - some as young as nine. The official launch of 'Disinherited' takes place at 7pm on 21 November at the Abbey community centre, 34 Great Smith Street, London. Marcis and Leia will also be speaking at St Aloysius' church hall, Prince Consort Road, Hebburn, at 7.30pm this Friday, 24 November. The book, published by Survival International and CAFOD is £5. It is available from Survival on 020 7242 1441 or from Tickets to the launch and the talks are free but tickets for the London event must be booked in advance from 020 7733 7933 ext 301 or 321.
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