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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Brazil: raiders destroy mission
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 A Consolata Sisters' church, and all the buildings of the Formation and Cultural Centre of Raposa-Serra do Sol, in the ancient mission of Surumu, around 230km from Boa Vista, the capital of the State of Roraima in Brazil, have been destroyed by raiders. The Missionary News Service (MISNA) reports that a group of around 150 armed hooded men invaded the mission yesterday at dawn, torching the buildings and injuring at least two people, one of whom has been evacuated by plane. The mission was attacked before, in January 2004, when three Consolata missionaries were abducted for three days. The indigenous residents of the area were preparing to celebrate their new rights to the territory conceded by the government last April, after a 30 year campaign. The human rights campaign group 'Conselho Indígena de Roraima' believe the invasion was carried out by settlers and local authorities that have always objected to the recognition of the rights of the native population to the territory. Source: MISNA
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