The humanitarian crisis in the Yanomami Indigenous Land (RR) claimed another victim this Sunday (5). A one year and five month old child died of severe malnutrition and dehydration in the Haxiu region, one of the areas most affected by illegal mining, close to the border with Venezuela.
The information was confirmed to Brazil in fact by the Yanomami leader Junior Hekurari, president of the District Council for Yanomami and Ye’Kuana Indigenous Health (Condisi-YY), who participates in rescue operations in the most remote areas of the Indigenous Land.
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The child would be taken to Boa Vista (RR) for treatment, but heavy rains prevented the helicopter from taking off. According to Junior Hekurari, the transport had already been authorized by the Army. “It was a fatality”, lamented the leadership.
In this region, services are provided at the Surucucu air base, which does not have instruments to allow low-visibility flights. In Roraima, the Minister of Indigenous Peoples Sonia Guajajara said last Saturday (4) that the facility will be restructured to receive large aircraft and a field hospital.
In the Yanomami Indigenous Land, the advance of illegal mining prevents the most vulnerable indigenous people from accessing health and food. The Hutukara Associação Yanomami, the main organization of the people, says that 570 children have died from preventable causes in the last four years.
To the Brazil in factJunior Hekurari said that health care changed “drastically” after the federal government declared a health emergency about two weeks ago.
Since Saturday (4), he has treated 12 people with malaria, including children and adults. Attendances were multiplied after the availability of more helicopters to work in rescues. Before, only one aircraft operated in removals, informed the president of Condisi-YY.
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According to the federal government, 223 patients have already been removed from the indigenous land to Boa Vista (RR), where indigenous people are treated at the General Hospital of Roraima (HGR), at the Hospital da Criança Santo Antônio (HCSA) and at the Casa de Saúde Indígena (Casai ).
With information from Agência Brasil
Editing: Lucas Weber
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