8,000 Indian Families Risk Starvation in Brazil

    Brazil's Guarani Indian children eat at school

    Brazil's Guarani Indian children eat at school Since the beginning of the year, about 110,000 Brazilian families have not been receiving basic food baskets in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, including 8,000 indigenous families. Because they have no land to grow food crops, these food baskets are the main source of food for most of this population.

    To protest against this measure taken by André Puccinelli (Party of the Brazilian Democratic Movement), the new governor of the state, the Coordination of Social Movements (CMS), the Regional West Office 1 of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB) and indigenous leaders have stage demonstrations in Campo Grande, capital of the state.

    At the Legislative Assembly of Mato Grosso do Sul, indigenous leaders reported the evil consequences of suspending the distribution of the food baskets, which range from starving children to affecting their health.

    Speeches were made by representatives of unions and social movements, a representative of Guarani teachers, and Eliseu Guarani, from Kurusu Ambá, a tekohá (traditional land) where the problems caused by the lack of food are aggravated by the recent eviction of Guarani from it by private militia after the land was reoccupied by them.

    The 70 families that were evicted from the land are now camped alongside a highway and depend on the distribution of basic food baskets to have anything to eat. Seven representatives attended the meeting.

    Before the audience, the demonstrators were prevented from accessing the Parque dos Poderes area, where the head offices of different state agencies are located. They were only allowed to enter the area after representatives intervened.

    At the headquarters of the state government, the demonstrators were received by the state secretaries for Social Security and Justice and Safety. Both of them tried to explain that the distribution of basic food baskets had been suspended because of cuts in the state budget.

    These cuts in turn were caused by the late payment of an installment of the state debt with the Federal Government, and they did not suggest in any way that the governor would review his decision. However, even before the governor was sworn into office he had announced the cut.

    Governor André Puccinelli went to Brasí­lia today to have meetings with the minister of Social Development and Hunger Combat, Patrus Ananias, and with representatives of Funai and other agencies to ask the federal government to take on the task of distributing the food baskets.

    The group sent a letter to the governor asking him to do something about problems caused by the lack of land for indigenous people in the state also.

    "We need to have appropriate channels to propose structural solutions for the hunger problem. The state of Mato Grosso do Sul is also responsible, because it was this state that granted to farmers title deeds to lands where indigenous people lived," said Egon Heck, coordinator of the Indianist Missionary Council office in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul.

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    • Francilene

      There is not hope
      Yes people it is sad,very sad terrible sad!!!
      I’m brasilien and love my country but it really dreresses me ,dpresses me becouse theres no hope for all that situation!!I’m 27 and for my hole life i’ve learned that we have to stand to our rights and to make the low to happens we have to fight and the populationhas the powe and blablabla!!!you know what my mother grow up learning the same so did my grand-parents!!so making a short!!there’s not hope!!
      The situation is even worse than we all think it is!!!I just wonder if is there a internation organisation that could take over and sort of get rid of the hole banch of politician that rules the country(they do not the counrty to improve on the biggest issues),the impunity and discase realated to security and education is relly enourmouse ,i feel sick just to think of it!!!
      Related to roads security we have asked to the ministery of security to allow the army to ocupie the roads and make it save for as to cme and go!!and the answer was :The law deon’t alow it!!we can only do it in case of war!!war?i can’t see the difference betwen the Brasiliens rds to the roads in Iraque!!!We citizens that pay the taxes that don’t through litter on the streets and are alwas involved in social events traing to help the goverment to improve our people knolege and livig quality have to be loked away in our homes and live with fear from those animal (including the politicians)that are free on the streets enjoiyng the good life of being on the beach and breathing pure air!!
      It is just not on!!When we see politician debating starvetion,drog,sex abuse ,safety etec issues on the tv,they only keep reapiting the problem trigger but solution they can’t get!!
      So there is not hope..i have chosen to move country…and i’m far away from everithing!!!
      🙁 🙁

    • ch.c.

      What is not delivered internally……
      ….is obviously exported with great pride and fanfare….reading the self compliments of your government authorities, because YESSSS there is enough food available to the tune of your annual exports in agriculture products worth…..US$ 50 billion !!!!!

      Who really believes that Lula and his gang care for the undernourrished brazilian citizens ????
      Did he not say that millions and millions can now have 3 decent meals per day….with his 8 billion Reais Bolsa Familia for 45 millions citizens ? Or less than 0,50 Reais per day…when and if delivered, of course, see above !!!!!!!

      He does excatly what the military junta did. Here is some souvenirs memories for
      you young Brazilians :
      “At the beginning of General Ernesto GeiselÀ¢€™s administration in 1974, smack in the middle of the military regime that ruled the country from 1964 to 1985, the satirical review Pasquim reported how then finance minister Mario Henrique Simonsen had arrived at his calculations for the minimum monthly salary of Cruzeiros 76,80. To this day, the minimum wage still represents the sole income of around a quarter of BrazilÀ¢€™s population. Simonsen showed business school students his calculations of what a Brazilian needed to survive each day:

      1 cafezinho … Cr$0,12
      1 pÀƒ£ozinho….. Cr$0,04

      If each person could survive on four cafezinhos and four pÀƒ£ezinhos with an overall cost of Cr$0,64, then a family of four would require Cr$2,56 a day. Multiply that by thirty and voila! The official Geisel salario minimo of Cr$76,80″

      Of course at that time it was to define the minimum wage and now the Bolsa Familia for the indigents. But not only is the Bolsa Familia not high enough, some start to “forget” volontarily the delivery of their promises. Probably due to budget austerity, because the government needs spend a big part of the overall tax receipts…for their own needs and well being ! such as high salaries for politicians and bureaucrats and top class pensions, plus some corruptions that empty the coffers.

      Therefore they feed the most indigents only very “lightly” and only when some residues are left after their gargantuest share they have eaten of the national cake !

      They put the basis for far more crimes…..not less, contrary to what they/you believe !!!!

    • Forrest Allen Brown

      NO FOOD, NO LAND, NO HOPE , NO ONE CARES.
      SO OUT OF ALL THINGS IN THE STATE BUGDET , THEY TAKE FOOD AWAY FROM THE POOREST OF THE POOR

      NOT LIKE THE GOVENER COULD NOT GIVE BACK SOME OF THE MONEY HE TOOK ALONG WITH OTHERS IN HIS PARTY .

      GRANTED THE USA DID ABOUT THE SAME TO ITS ON NATIVE PEOPLE , WE DID LEARN

      I WONDER IF WHEN THE GOVERMENT GIVES BACK LAND MONIES AND OTHER THINGS TAKEN HOW MANY POEPLE IN THE GOVERMENT WILL ALL OF A SUDDEN BECOME PART OF ONE OF THE TRIBES AND WANT THERE SHARE

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