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Exclusive: Brazilian government ignored warnings about “imminent dangers” at Vale do Javari

Journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira went missing ten days ago in the Vale do Javari reserve. The government was warned about the lawlessness in the region at least four times

vale do javari Search parties at the riverside community of São Rafael, where Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira were last seen. Photo: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress
Search parties at the riverside community of São Rafael, where Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira were last seen. Photo: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress

The search for journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira has now gone on for ten days without finding the two men who went missing on June 5. They were last seen in the vicinity of Atalaia do Norte — a city close to the Vale do Javari indigenous reserve in the western Brazilian Amazon. 

The region has been plagued by the rampant activity of illegal fishermen and poachers, gold miners, and drug traffickers. The Vale do Javari reserve itself, which is as big as Portugal, has been a lawless territory in which the state has withdrawn...

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