RETOMADA

2016-2018

THE STRUGGLE OF THE INDIGENOUS GUARANI KAIOWÁ IN BRAZIL.



Mato Grosso do Sul is a state from Brazil and it’s home for almost 60.000 Guarani Kaiowá indigenous. These traditional occupants of the land, are being evicted because of progress and agri-business expansion.
In 2016-17 harvest, this state had produced an impressive amount of 8.5 million tons of soybean, beating the national record. If Mato Grosso do Sul were a country, it would be the seventh soybean producer in the world.

But, since many politicians in Brazil are involved in agri-business issues, the traditional owners of these lands are being threaten and also killed, constituting a violation of human rights. In the last decade, more than 400 indigenous were killed directly or undirectly by agri-business, and since Temer’s government has promoted a pack of anti-indigenous laws, at least 40.000 people could be evicted in the next years, forcing them to live by the roadside.

Tired of waiting for the government to give back their ancestral lands, the Guarani Kaiowá started the retomada movement, which consists in occupying the land where their grandparents were born and, as they say, a retomada is not only a retake of land, its a retake of their way of life, their tradition and their culture.


















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