Indigenous community leaders sounded the alarm after the couple failed to go ahead with their planned return from one of the most remote corners of the Amazon just days after receiving the threats
A British journalist and a Brazilian expert on indigenous peoples have disappeared in one of the most remote corners of the Amazon rainforest just days after receiving death threats.
Dom Phillips, a freelance foreign correspondent based in Brazil, was last seen in the Javari region of Amazonas state over the weekend. This area is huge and very remote, near the border with Peru, with the highest concentration of uncontactable people in the world.
Philips traveled and worked with Bruno Araújo Pereira, a former government official and experienced indigenous lawyer who often receives threats from loggers, fishermen and miners trying to invade their lands.
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The couple traveled to the city from the municipality of Ribeirinha São Rafael, from North Watchtower, reports GLOBO newspaper, as confirmed by the Union of Indigenous Peoples of Vale do Javari (Univaja).
They were reportedly traveling on a new boat, which has a 40 hp engine and enough fuel for the voyage, along with seven empty drums of fuel.
Originally from Merseyside, UK, Phillips moved to Brazil in 2007 and lives in the city of Salvador, where he reports for The Guardian and other publications including the Financial Times and the New York Times.
Local indigenous leaders were concerned on Monday after the two men could not be found during a reporting tour of the town of Atalaia do Norte, the entry point into the Javari Reserve.
According to Univaja leaders, the two traveled with the aim of visiting the indigenous surveillance team near the town of Lago do Jaburu on the Ituí River to interview the indigenous people.
A statement from Univaja says Phillips and Pereira left last week and reached their destination on Friday night.
On Sunday around 6 a.m. they started the return journey to Atalaia do Norte. On the way back, they stopped at a previously planned visit to the São Rafael community so Pereira could hold a meeting with the community, nicknamed “Barbecue.”
The drive should have taken about three hours, but a search party was dispatched after they were not seen nine hours later.
Bruno Pereira is considered one of the most experienced indigenous people, with a deep knowledge of the region and great respect for the indigenous peoples.
Univaja’s statement said the two men received threats in the days leading up to their disappearance, but no further details were given.
The Guardian is urgently seeking information on Phillips’ whereabouts and is in contact with the British Embassy in Brazil and local and national authorities.
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