The Yanomami's story
"I am a Yanomami leader and I think the forest gives us life. We value the forest, and for us the forest is priceless. You cannot destroy the Amazon. It is the lungs of the world." Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, Brazil
Despite the fact that the Yanomami people living in the Brazilian Amazon were officially granted territorial rights in 1992, illegal gold mining continues to destroy their land and threaten their traditional way of life. CAFOD is working with isolated indigenous communities, helping them to protect themselves from the thrests posed by illegal mining, logging and dramatic deforestation. This gift will allow CAFOD to travel to an isolated Yanomami community to train people on their land rights, to watch over their land and to collect evidence of illegal activities. CAFOD can also lobby government officilas to send police to expel invaders and to protect them from future invasions.