COVID-19 could spell disaster for Brazil
We must act now to protect the country’s indigenous population

The indigenous people of Brazil face an extreme threat to their very survival because of the coronavirus pandemic. Five centuries ago, these ethnic groups were decimated by diseases brought by European colonizers and, since then, numerous epidemiological crises have slaughtered their population. Now, with this new scourge spreading rapidly across Brazil, indigenous communities, such as those who live isolated in the Amazon Basin, may disappear completely since they have no means of combating COVID-19.

Photojournalist Sebastião Salgado has spent decades documenting the Amazon and its indigenous tribes. He’s rallied together an international coalition, including Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, to join him in urgently demanding that Brazil protect this vulnerable community before it’s too late and a coronavirus outbreak results in “total genocide.”