Explaining Brazil #202: Where are Dom and Bruno?

It has been 11 days since journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira were reported missing. The police are yet to find the two

On June 5, a Sunday, British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira set off on the final leg of a research trip outside the Vale do Javari indigenous reserve, in the western Brazilian Amazon.

Their last port of call was the fishing village of São Rafael, on the Itaquaí River, from where they would take a two-to-three-hour boat trip downriver to the city of Atalaia do Norte and head home.

But the two men haven’t been seen since. With each day that passes, hopes of finding the pair alive — or at all — dwindle.

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  • Euan Marshall is an editor at The Brazilian Report and also hosts the Explaining Brazil podcast in the absence of Gustavo Ribeiro. He has been covering the Dom Phillips-Bruno Pereira disappearance from day 1.

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