Originally posted by VariableConstant
(Warning: This is truly awful and may be upsetting)
I am unsure if this is the correct forum in which to post this story. There is no "Just Plain Horrible" forum, which would be appropriate in this case, I think.
Sickeningly horrible, even. According to the story linked above, a group of loggers in Brazil captured a young girl from a "primitive" tribe that was living on land that they wanted to log. In an effort to force the tribe to vacate the land, they tied the young girl (reported to be 8 years old) to a tree and set her on fire. If that is not terrorism, I don't know what is.
The article states that the girl's tribe has managed to remain isolated from the outside world (until recently, obviously), and that the men who captured her would have been the first "white" people that she had ever seen.
Luis Carlos Guajajaras, a local leader from a separate tribe, told a Brazilian news website that they tied to her a tree and set her alight as a warning to other natives, who live in a protected reserve in the north-eastern state of Maranhão .
"She was from another tribe, they live deep in the jungle, and have no contact with the outside world. It would have been the first time she had ever seen white men. We heard that they laughed as they burned her to death," he said.
Huge iron ore deposits and valuable timber have encouraged mining and logging companies to enter the forests of Maranhão despite laws designed to protect the few remaining uncontacted tribes, often leading to violent clashes.
Around 450 tribes people have were murdered in Brazil between 2003 and 2010, according to figures from CIMI. Survival, a charity for tribal groups, warned that a third of the Awá's land had already been destroyed and that their nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle was being threatened as animals fled in the face of the approaching logging companies.
It would seem to me that the only "primitive" people involved in this are the loggers and the society that instilled within them the sheer greed and lack of conscience that would be required to partake in such a disgusting, horrific act.
I am reminded of some words that I saw carved into a fallen tree in a pristine, untouched valley the other day: "What you do to the land, you do to your children."
Link again www.telegraph.co.uk...edit on 12-1-2012 by VariableConstant because: added warning
Originally posted by Gaddafi
But these things will continue to happen around there world if we do not attack the root cause (money).
Originally posted by lonewolf19792000
reply to post by robhines
Jungles like South Americas rainforests produce the majority of the planet's oxygen, cut those down and we will all be dead in 100 years.'
This is a crime, not just robbing the jungles inhabitants of homes but some of those trees are several thousand years old.
Originally posted by ShadeWolf
No, the root cause is progress. For the human species to keep advancing like we have been for the past 5000 years, then some sacrifices have to be made. If we as a species kept with the reasoning demonstrated in this thread, we'd still be living in huts terrified of what might live over the next hill.
Thank you for the demonstration of human nature. We are played against each other, and we play to win.
Originally posted by grey580
If that meant me or some tribe. I'd be choosing me.
Originally posted by ShadeWolf
The Cold War lead directly to human exploration of space. .