Colin Firth Campaign for Brazilian Tribe Breaks Records in Just 3 Days
Colin Firth's appeal has generated more than 10,000 protest emails.
A campaign launched by Colin Firth
to save the world’s most threatened tribe has generated more than 10,000 protest emails to the Brazilian government in
just three days – a record for protest action for tribal peoples anywhere in the world.
The Survival International
campaign aims to save the Awá tribe, whose lands are being illegally invaded and destroyed
In a video appeal
, Colin Firth asks viewers to send a protest message to Brazil’s Justice Minister
, who has the power to send in federal police to evict the loggers, ranchers and settlers who are ravaging the tribe’s
Illegal settlers have reached just 30 minutes' walk from Little Butterfly's community.
In his appeal Colin Firth says, ‘The Awá’s forest is being illegally cut for timber. When the loggers see them, they
kill them. Their bows and arrows are no match for guns. And at any other time in history, that's where it would end.
Another people wiped off the face of the earth, forever. But we're going to make sure the world doesn't let that
Brazil’s Justice Minister José Eduardo Cardozo has yet to respond to the barrage of messages, but told a Brazilian
journalist, ‘Unfortunately we have a lot of violence in relation to indigenous peoples, and the scale is such that it is
impossible, for any government, to prevent situations as they unfold.’
Stephen Corry, Survival International’s Director, said today, ‘If Brazil allows more of its original people to be
sacrificed for some truckloads of timber it will be an enduring stain on the history of a great nation, an irredeemable
tragedy for humanity, and of course a catastrophe for the Awá. Brazil is one of the richest countries in the world, but
does it have the strength to uphold its own laws?’