Brazil’s government program to protect a tribe criticized for its treatment of poor farmers

Dom Phillips – The Washington Post, 3/20/2014

Carlos Reis took photos the day government officials knocked down his house of 20 years and seized his land.

“We lost our things,” said Reis, who now lives in a tent with his wife and two sons. “It is a very sad business.”

Reis and hundreds of other poor farmers in the state of Maranhão in northeast Brazil are among the targets of a government operation to clear a reserve in the Amazon for the Awá, an isolated Indian tribe. Activists say the plan could save the tribe from extinction.

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