The tensions within the Amazon’s Vale do Javari reserve

A journalist and an on-leave government official have disappeared in a massive reserve coveted by wildcat miners, illegal fishermen, and drug gangs

The meandering Javari River, which forms the western boundary of the Vale do Javari indigenous reserve. Photo: Sashamol/Shutterstock

At the time of publication, British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian indigenous expert Bruno Pereira have been missing for more than two days in the Vale do Javari, one of the remotest corners of the Brazilian Amazon.

The pair were last seen sailing down the Itaquaí River on Sunday morning, on the two-to-three-hour journey to the town of Atalaia do Norte. No trace of the men or their boat has been reported since. 

Dom Phillips, a regular contributor to British newspaper The Guardian, visited the region to research his upcoming book on the Brazilian Amazon, with the help of longtime...

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