Davi is President of Hutukara, and a world-renowned indigenous leader and shaman. He has won numerous national and international awards for his efforts to protect the Yanomami and Ye’kuana people and the Amazon rainforest, including the UN Global 500 award for his contribution to the battle for environmental preservation. Davi will be accompanied by Mauricio Tomé Rocha, Vice-President of HAY, who is a young inspirational indigenous leader and activist.
Despite Yanomami territory being legally demarcated in the state of Roraima, northern Brazil, in 1982, land invasions continue, such as illegal gold-miners and farmers, and communities are increasingly feeling the impacts of climate change, which are affecting their health, food security and environment. Yanomami infant mortality doubled in the last 13 years, but despite that in 2013, 0% of the £16.1m health budget spent was spent on basic sanitation to prevent disease in indigenous villages. Key challenges include inadequate health service provision in Yanomami territory, lack of access to quality bi-lingual education and the need for indigenous cultural preservation.
Hutukara has been a CAFOD partner since 2007, and has been working for the past ten years to protect Yanomami and Ye’kuana indigenous rights to land, health, bilingual education and cultural preservation through campaigning, lobbying and community mobilisation activities. Davi and Mauricio are both currently receiving death threats from armed men allegedly hired by goldminers operating illegally in Yanomami land.
Their trip to the UK, from 20 – 30 September 2014, aims to raise awareness of the challenges their people face living in the Amazon, and the support that communities in England and Wales can give to overcome these challenges.
Should you want to hear more about their story and their work, please come along to
Lee House, Chipping Road, Thornley, Preston PR3 2TB.
The afternoon is called : ‘Exploring our relationship with nature with indigenous leaders Davi Yanomami, and Mauricio Ye’kuana, from Hutukara Yanomami Association, Brazil’.
2 .00 Arrivals
2.30 Start: Welcome/introductions
2.45 Reflection around our current relationship with nature
3.00 Input from Davi / Mauricio – Q & A
4.00 Quiet space to reflect either individually or in small groups (preferably outdoors)
4.30 Come together to share and closing prayer