“They invaded my house twice. I think they did it because I’m trampling, because I always defend the river and my people. They probably see me as someone standing in their way,” he says. For some years he has no longer lived in his village but in the city of Santarem, where he studies law. Ultimately, as a lawyer, he hopes he can do even more in the fight for the Amazon and indigenous peoples.
Alessandra Korap Munduruku has already received numerous international awards and is not deterred by threats. “I don’t bow to big business or the government. I’ll keep fighting for my people,” she says. Like many other natives, she is very worried. If the policy of the Bolsonaro government continues, the Amazon will soon be saved, she thinks. And the impact of that can be felt around the world, she says. “Ultimately, the Amazon is everyone’s business.”