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Brazil’s health ministry declared a medical emergency in the Yanomami region, the country’s largest indigenous reservation bordering Venezuela, after reports of children dying from malnutrition and other diseases caused by illegal gold mining. A decree published on Friday by the incoming government of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said the declaration was aimed at improving health services for the Yanomami, which had been dismantled by his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro.

In the four years of Bolsonaro’s presidency, 570 Yanomami children died from preventable diseases, mainly from malnutrition as well as malaria, diarrhea, and deformities caused by mercury used by wildcat gold miners. Amazon journalism platform Sumouma reported citing data obtained through a FOIA.

Lula visited a Yanomami health center in Boa Vista in Roraima state on Saturday amid photographs showing children and elderly men and women with thin ribs.

Lula said on Twitter, “More than a humanitarian crisis, what I saw in Roraima was genocide: a pre-meditated crime against the Yanomami, perpetrated by a government insensitive to the suffering of the people.”

For decades illegal gold miners invaded reserve land, but intrusions have multiplied since Bolsonaro won in 2018 to allow mining on previously protected land and legalize wildcat mining. kept trying

Estevao Cenara, a researcher at the Instituto Socioambiental, an NGO that protects indigenous rights, said some gold miners have begun to leave, fearing enforcement action by Lula’s government and crossing borders into neighboring Guyana and Suriname. appeared.

Lula said the new government would end illegal gold mining as it works to crack down on illegal deforestation in the Amazon, which has reached a 15-year high under Bolsonaro.

Sonia Gujazara, the first indigenous woman to become a cabinet minister, said, “We must hold the previous government accountable for allowing this situation to worsen to the point where we find adults weighing as much as children, and children’s skin and bones being affected.” becomes.”

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