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Amazon Activist Paulo Paulino Guajajara Killed at 26

He dedicated his life to protecting his native forest from illegal logging. At 26, Paulo Paulino Guajajara was murdered by wood traffickers in the Amazon.

‘We don’t want war. We just want to resist’

Paulo Paulino devoted his life to protecting the forest that he called home — despite severe risks and death threats. He was born in the early 1990s in Brazil. A member of the Guajajara tribe, an indigenous group of 20,000 in the Amazon region, Paulino grew up aware of the importance of the environment. As an adult, he joined the Guardians of the Forest, a group founded in 2012 to fight the growing menace of illegal logging. This practice is damaging the ecosystem of the Araribóia indigenous reserve and endangering those who live there, such as the Awá, an uncontacted tribe.

He and the other guardians organized forest patrols to alert firefighters of any fires, share the GPS coordinates of deforested areas, and destroy the loggers’ illegal camps. Because of this, they often receive death threats. The loggers hire hitmen to murder certain guardians in Araribóia. On several occasions, members of Guardians of the Forest have been killed. Fearing for their lives, they contacted the government, asking for protection. “We’re very worried about these threats, some of the guardians’ homes have been shot at. We don’t want war. We just want to resist,” says Olimpio Guajajara, Coordinator of Guardians of the Forest.

In spite of the risks, Paulino kept up the fight. On November 1, 2019, he was traveling far from his village, accompanied by another member of the Guardians of the Forest, when at least 5 armed men suddenly appeared. Shots broke the silence of the forest. His friend was hit but managed to escape — but Paulino did not. After dedicating his life to protecting nature, Paulino died protecting his land. According to local media, he was 26. It is the latest incident in a wave of violence targeting Indigenous Land Protectors since the election of Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro the year before.

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11/04/2019 11:42 PM

127 comments

  • Leonora M.
    11/29/2019 16:45

    Paulo Paulino: Guardian of 🌎 Earth : Bless his soul & every Guardian going forward!

  • Kathleen D.
    11/19/2019 21:55

    😰

  • Laura D.
    11/12/2019 00:11

    He still is the protector of the forest he's a warrior his fight will continue

  • Doug K.
    11/10/2019 00:48

    It's really sad when ppl have to fihht just to keep there lang.

  • ഹവീനയുടെ പ.
    11/08/2019 23:42

    :(

  • Alvaro D.
    11/08/2019 17:10

    A big loss for the Amazon forest the environment Brasil and the world ,always greed present they don’t care about the world human life or anything just money Brasil is catholic country so the guys that kill this fighter and the ones pulling the strings maybe they don’t think on the after life but one thing is for certain there is one they will pay for the murder of this fighter that his crime was to defend Gods paradise the earth

  • Bernice A.
    11/08/2019 15:35

    Bless his soul.Rest in peace.

  • Ateka G.
    11/08/2019 13:01

    Shame on Bolsonsaro, Trump, and others who promote violence against indigenous ppl and our planet, instead of protection. Never stop resisting. RIP Paulo Paulino Guajajara, brave warrior and leader

  • Jackie M.
    11/07/2019 18:23

    So sad

  • Stephen C.
    11/07/2019 13:33

    A real hero.

  • Liz G.
    11/07/2019 08:44

    A true hero

  • Sindy S.
    11/07/2019 05:00

    Such a guardian of angel RIP ur beautiful soul ❤

  • Lori S.
    11/07/2019 04:20

    Bless him... ❤😥❤

  • Cygne C.
    11/07/2019 03:59

    RIP

  • Mary C.
    11/07/2019 03:36

    Esse é o nosso Herói Verdadeiro!! Para proteger seu habitat Natural se colocou na frente dos Bandidos Sem Alma !! Você rapaz com toda certeza cumpriu sua Tarefa aqui no Brasil E com toda certeza Está lá em cima atuando o Tempo Todo pela nossa Verde Floresta!! UM VERDADEIRO ANJO DE LUZ!!

  • Arnab S.
    11/07/2019 02:32

    I dont understand why brazil government is not stepping in , bcoz it is full of corrupt people i guess .

  • Magi E.
    11/07/2019 00:13

    A true hero.....

  • Michael Z.
    11/06/2019 18:45

    u will never find peace, even u spoke to the world, the way u had to do is "WAR for a goodness" until die !!!!! retreat or fight. even u retreat, u will die later. no immortally in the world. just do what u had to suppose to do. 🙏🏻

  • Almeida J.
    11/06/2019 18:45

    https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/new-greenpeace-investigation-illegal-timber-brazilian-amazon-sold-world-legal-paperwork/

  • Ty B.
    11/06/2019 17:11

    Hidden hero right here! I stand by you! RIP 🙌🏻

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