Amazon Tribe Specialist Real Franciscato Killed with Arrow

Riley Franciscato died on Wednesday, responding to a report of an isolated group sighting in the Seringueras in the northern Brazilian state of Rondonia.

The 56-year-old, a team coordinator who was helping to protect the areas of undocumented tribes in Rondonia, was struck in the chest by an arrow at the border of the territory of the Uru U Vau Vau tribe.

Survivors, a global organization for the rights of a tribal people, reported that wrenchers and loggers had started a fire extinguishing campaign in recent months, triggering fires and destroying much of the surrounding forest.

Police officer Paulo Ricardo Biresa told the Brazilian daily newspaper O Globo that he is a high conflict area in Seringueiras, with Franciscato up to Line 6.

“We followed in his footsteps and reached the banks of the river, near the area protected by Funai. When we reached the border (protected indigenous land), we could see the sign there, ‘This Fanai Reserve It is not encroachment. ”

Birsa said that Franciscato started climbing a hill, which had an indigenous escort and police. “Then, we just heard the sound of the arrow, which hit him in the chest. He screamed and pulled the arrow off his chest and ran back towards us. He managed to run for about 50, 60 meters and he fell.”

The group took him to the police car and took him to the hospital, “but he was no longer alive, and we lost our friend, unfortunately,” Birsa said.

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Franciscato had worked for Funai for more than three decades, and the organization said his loss would be deeply mourned.

Marcello Xavier, president of FUNAI, said in a video: “It is with great sadness that Fannai and his servants bid farewell to Riley Franciscato with great respect and admiration. Roli was an exemplary servant, 30 of protecting a separate indigenous Was with more than years.

“Funai stands in solidarity with Franciscato’s colleagues and family members.”

Survival senior researcher Sarah Schenker said: “Riiali’s death is a tragic and immeasurable loss for undisputed tribes, to the wilderness and to the fight to stop the Brazilian genocide.

“For decades he refused to accept the violent greed that destroyed the Amazon rainforest and its best guardians. He worked tirelessly to protect the land of undocumented tribes from outsiders. He devoted his life to it , Who were at the forefront of tackling illegal attacks. The loggers, ranchers and miners who threaten to wipe out the weakest people on the planet. “

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He said the undocumented tribes may have misjudged Riley, one of their closest allies, for “one of their closest enemies who endanger their existence”.

“The final thing is that Riley wants the government and invaders to use her death to target the Uru U Vau Vau region more aggressively or to forcibly make contact with any unrestricted Indians. . It would be fatal and anyone. Schenker said the efforts would be met with immediate opposition from indigenous people and their allies around the world.

In a video interview with Amazon Defender shared by Survival on Twitter after his death, Franciscato makes his hopes clear: “The Brazil I want for the future is a place where it (indigenous land) Is preserved. “

CNN’s Emma Reynolds contributed to this report.