A shooting attack injured three residents of traditional communities in the territory of Angico dos Dias, in Campo Alegre de Lourdes (BA), last Saturday (02). According to the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT), two victims are residents of the region, and the other is a CPT agent from the Diocese of Juazeiro (BA).
According to the organization, one of those affected by the shots underwent surgery this Sunday (3) and is still recovering in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The other two people have already been discharged.
The communities attribute the attack to a land grabber in the region. The Civil Police are investigating whether the crimes are linked to land conflict.
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Also on Wednesday (30), the Forum of Popular Entities of Campo Alegre de Lourdes published a letter denouncing an attempted land grab in the region.
In the text, the entity states that “for six days, rural workers have been living with strange people in their territory, armed private security guards and constant threats”.
The area where the invasion allegedly occurred is on the border with the municipalities of Caracol and Guaribas (PI), approximately 700 meters from PI-470 and close to the Serra das Confusões National Park.
According to data collected by the Pastoral Land Commission, over 70% of the traditional territory of Angico dos Dias communities is threatened by land grabbing processes.
The region’s peasant families have traditionally occupied the territory for more than 150 years and are considered Fundo and Fecho de Pasto people.
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This way of life is exclusive to the Caatinga and is characterized by the communal use of land and the centuries-old tradition of raising free-ranging animals. There are more than a thousand traditional communities, all in the North and West regions of Bahia.
The communities are also characterized by the communal use of land through family farming and maintaining traditions inherited from their ancestors, such as cultural and religious manifestations.
Editing: Geisa Marques