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Two Yanomami boys drown in Brazilian river used by illegal gold miners

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BRASILIA, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Two Yanomami youngsters drowned in a river on their reservation the place illegal gold miners function a dredger, an indigenous chief stated on Thursday, alleging the boys had been sucked into the machine as they performed.

Rescue divers flown in by helicopter had been searching for a seven-year-old boy nonetheless lacking after the physique of a five-year-old was recovered from the Parima river close to the village of Makuxi Yano in northern Brazil.

Roraima state hearth and rescue officers stated in an announcement that the boys had drowned, with out mentioning the dredging machine. A state authorities official, talking on the situation of anonymity, stated police would examine the reason for demise.

Dario Kopenawa, vice chairman of the Hutukara Yanomami Association, stated by way of social media that the boys had been taking part in in the river on Tuesday after they disappeared after getting too near a dredger about 300 meters (yards) from their village.

“This is a very sad accident. The boys are our future Yanomami warriors,” he stated, calling on far-right President Jair Bolsonaro to take away miners who’ve invaded Brazil’s largest indigenous reservation.

Federal police and the federal government’s indigenous affairs company Funai didn’t reply to requests for remark.

An estimated 20,000 miners are working illegally in the huge territory the place 25,000 Yanomami live, polluting the rivers with mercury used to separate the gold from sand, Kopenawa stated.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle;
Editing by Sandra Maler

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