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Disease Kills 15% of Recently Contacted Tribe in Past Decade

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15% of the recently contacted Korubo Indians in Brazil have died since the year 2000, as a result of inadequate health care.

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Cindy C (125)
Thursday January 6, 2011, 4:01 pm
aw how sad

Carol H (229)
Thursday January 6, 2011, 4:28 pm
sadly noted, thanks Cal

Kerrie G (116)
Friday January 7, 2011, 3:23 am
Noted, thanks.

patricia lasek (317)
Friday January 7, 2011, 6:13 am
It's like revisiting the early days of the "New World" when Columbus brought disease to these shores.

Very sad!

John Goodspeed (79)
Friday January 7, 2011, 9:35 am
Only 15%? Hell the Spanish did much better than that in Central and South America in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries and all they had to use was smallpox, syphillis, swords, and greed. Modern man has much more than that available.

How about just leaving them the hell alone ! ! !

Well, now I guess we'd have to leave a couple of fully equipped medical/surgical units who had full bio-hazard training and equipment for about ten years.

Then leave them the hell alone ! ! !

. (0)
Friday January 7, 2011, 10:28 am
Thanks, noted! X_____________X

Margery Coffey (8)
Friday January 7, 2011, 1:03 pm
This is germ warfare folks, it leads to genocide and clears the land of its rightful owners so that the corporations/governments can swoop in and take over. Worked in America and will work in Brazil very nicely. The only reason for contacting them was in order to use their resources. Man's greed will kill us all.

linda b (186)
Friday January 7, 2011, 1:40 pm
Sadly noted thank you Cal

Robert O (12)
Friday January 7, 2011, 1:48 pm
So sad.

Vallee R (280)
Friday January 7, 2011, 1:56 pm
This is horrible.

Aphre Hemmant (1)
Friday January 7, 2011, 2:06 pm
The developed world owes help and healthcare to these people, and I very much hope (though I am sadly doubtful) that they will receive it.

Past Member (0)
Friday January 7, 2011, 2:52 pm
This is nothing new. I'm Brazilian and most 50+ year olds here could tell you how, a few decades ago, they infected blankets with lots of different viruses and threw them over tribes from planes (or helicopters - I don't remember now). Indians took those "presents from Heaven" and, no surprise, were all dead after some time. Then they'd deforest the area and use for farms. And the Amazonian soil is not fertile without trees at all, so they soon needed to leave the current farm and do that again.

Edward Craig (20)
Friday January 7, 2011, 4:26 pm
We have been infecting natives as we open them up to trade since 1492, these are just the latest.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Friday January 7, 2011, 5:38 pm
Very sad.

minkie amoroso (10)
Friday January 7, 2011, 6:55 pm
Well that is extremely sd and what makes it worse, is the website is down. Just my luck!!!

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday January 8, 2011, 12:02 am

Veronica G (108)
Saturday January 8, 2011, 1:54 am
Widespread excitement when we 'discover' a new people, then widespread disease when we infect them with our germs. As John Goodspeed says so eloquently - Leave them the hell alone! -

Sunday January 9, 2011, 2:33 am
The Hawaiians were not so lucky; after the missionaries and others arrived in the 19th century 80% of them died. This illustrates that not much has been learned in the intervening years and that the Brazilian government is more concerned with propping up regimes like Iran and Cuba than its own indigenous people. Perhaps it is just the revenue from the oil industry or hardwood exports to Japan that are the main priority here?

Ginger Strivelli (20)
Sunday January 9, 2011, 4:51 pm
maybe we should focus on getting them food and healthcare instead of trying to convert them from their ancient native faith. In other words..send them food, nurses and vitamins not bibles, crosses and missionaries.
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