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Colin Firth Appeals to Save Brazil's Threatened Awa Tribe

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Britain's Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth on Wednesday launched a major drive by Survival International to save "Earth's most threatened tribe," the Awa of the Brazilian Amazon.

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Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 4:16 pm
Kudos to him

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 5:09 pm
Noted. Thanks.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 5:16 pm

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 5:47 am
Noble what Colin Firth will do, but here in Brasil Indians sell timber and mineral from their own lands, they use mobile phones, has internet, has cars, so it is not like they are all wild people.

Vicynthia Tjahjadi (57)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 8:12 am
Thank you. Noted. And hope the tribe could be saved.

pam w (139)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 9:23 am
Drop-dead gorgeous AND he has a heart! :-)

Anne Marie is right,'s NOT just the greedy loggers. There's plenty of blame to go around.

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 11:14 am
noted i hope this tribe can be saved in time. .

Kara D (0)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 11:54 am
God bless you, Colin!!!

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 12:34 pm
I took action on the Survival website earlier today, included my name.

Jana Repova (65)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 12:54 pm
Noted. Thanks.

Robert O (12)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 1:15 pm
Kudos to Colin for speaking out. I'm always glad to hear there are celebrities that care about people and causes instead of the usual plastic lifestyle of parties and premieres. Thanks Cal.

Sofia Natsis (8)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 1:28 pm
noted thx, kudos to mr. firth!!!!!!

RosemaryRannes HusbandNeedsPrayers (650)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 2:25 pm
Read this morning from SI's email and sent a message for link other than FB where we (those not on FB) can go to sign.
I've always admired Colin Firth as an actor and his message to save the Awa' people is heartfelt I know!
So everyone please sign & RT, share with friends.
Thanks Cal!

RosemaryRannes HusbandNeedsPrayers (650)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 2:46 pm

Colin Firth appeals to save Brazil's threatened Awa tribe

AFP – Wed, Apr 25, 2012

Britain's Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth on Wednesday launched a major drive by Survival International to save "Earth's most threatened tribe", the Awa of the Brazilian Amazon.

Survival International, a leading advocate for tribal peoples' rights worldwide, said the Awa's territory has been invaded by a vast army of illegal loggers, ranchers and settlers, and the small tribe is threatened with "genocide" and "extinction."

The aim of the campaign is to persuade Brazilian Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo to send in federal police to clear out the loggers, ranchers and settlers, and keep them out.

A short film by Survival International features an appeal by Firth to sign a petition calling on Cardozo to act to save the Awa.
Earth's Most Threatened Tribe

Many Awá are still uncontacted, and they are running for their lives.
‘One man has the power to stop the loggers: Brazil’s Minister of Justice.
But it’s just not his priority. Let’s push it up his list.’
— Colin Firth

"The Awa'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," Firth says in his appeal. "But we're going to make sure the world doesn't let that happen."

The film includes scenes showing the Awas' close relationship to their pets, the moonlit ritual in which they talk to their ancestors' spirits and the devastating destruction caused by loggers and ranchers, who set whole hillsides ablaze.

Survival said the situation was now so critical that several Brazilian experts have spoken of a "genocide" and "extinction".

"If enough people, in Brazil and around the world, show they care, Awa children will be able to grow up in peace on their own land. That's been proved over and over again," Survival's Director Stephen Corry said in a statement.

The organization said there are roughly 360 contacted Awa, many of them survivors of brutal massacres.

Another 100 of them are believed to be hiding in the rapidly-shrinking forest.

According to Brazil's National Indian Foundation, some 77 isolated indigenous tribes are scattered across the Amazon. Only 30 such groups have been located.

Indigenous peoples represent less than one percent of Brazil's 191 million people and occupy 12 percent of the national territory, mainly in the Amazon.

. (0)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 2:54 pm
In a way, it's sad that it takes a celebrity to get the word out. The "Public" so often has little consequence. I'm glad though for Firth's commitment.

Ali Aloha (0)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 4:16 pm
Thank you Mr. Firth for your efforts to save the indigeous people who call the Amazon home.

Justina Gil (0)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 4:18 pm
Good job!

Lauren Berrizbeitia (68)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 4:33 pm
Appreciate these efforts!

marie C (163)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 4:56 pm
Colin really does not understand anything about the cause he should speak to Anne Marie A bit of good publicity. Seems to be working for him as well ha ha What these people will do for attention .

John B (185)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 6:19 pm
Thank you Mr Firth and thank you for the posting Cal.

Bianca D (87)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 6:21 pm
*** Survival International's campaign launched Wed April 25th ***

You can sign the letter to Brazil's Minister of Justice, forward the campaign page and make a donation if you choose to.

They are up to 7,997 signatures. Aiming form 10,000.

Bianca D (87)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 6:27 pm
*** Survival International's campaign launched Wed April 25th ***

You can sign the letter to Brazil's Minister of Justice, forward the campaign page and make a donation if you choose to.

They are up to 7,997 signatures. Aiming for 10,000.

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 6:49 pm
Colin Firth Appeals to Save Brazil's Threatened Awa Tribe

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Friday April 27, 2012, 12:24 pm
Will find petition and sign it. Welcome aboard Colin. They need all the help they can get, Thanks for posting Cal

Cristina Leme (1)
Friday April 27, 2012, 11:07 pm
As a Brazilian, I really appreciate the interest of Sr.Firth trying to save one of our Indian tribes.During this week was approved by our Congress, the new Forest Code, this new code will cause the greatest devastation of all time of our forests, animals and our indians, that is the subject of the moment in Brazil and we still have hope that this Code be vetoed by our President Sra.Roussef.About the "Awa", here they are poorly known,and if they depend on the current Minister of Justice, these poor conditions in which they live will not change much.I also would like to warn you that the biggest buyers of our woods are the U.S. and Europe, the indians sell it to survive...I hope that this campaign really get good results, it would be a very nice idea Mr . Firth come to Brazil and set up a meeting with our Minister of Justice.
Thanks Mr.Firth.

marie C (163)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 4:06 am
Cristina if there is enough publicity I am sure he will do it It seems to be working reading some of the comments
They have incredible PR"s working for them so he found something new very clever

Shirley S (187)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 7:26 pm
Noted & SIGNED the petition on Rosemary's post.

Carmen S (611)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 12:49 pm
thanks to Colin Firth for all he has done here

Kerrie G (116)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 5:08 am
Noted, thanks.

Lindsay K (6)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 8:48 am
Great initiative - hope it succeeds! These people should be left in peace, and certainly do not deserve the violence and intrusion they have been experiencing.

Quanta Kiran (67)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 3:27 am

JL A (281)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 5:11 am
Kudos to Colin Firth for ensuring the media pays attention to this tribe's rights and needs!

Raluca Anghel (84)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 2:45 am
Noted, thanks.

Bianca D (87)
Sunday May 13, 2012, 11:02 am
More on the Awá and their pets!

*It's time for us to create the world we dream of living in. *

Cristina Leme (1)
Monday May 14, 2012, 11:51 am
As a Brazilian citizen I am happy to know that 18,000 people have signed this petition to save the tribe AWA, but being Brazilian I am more aware of the way our government conducts this type of problem, the large farmers are dominating most of the current government, as example the new forest code, which will be devastating to our forests and also for "everything alive" living on it.
Our Congress has already approved it but we still have hope that our President vetoes this code.
I still think is missing here in Brazil more publicity about this campaign organized by you guys and with the very important approvaland help of Mr.Colin Firth.
Our Minister of Justice has to open the newspapers everyday and read that we, Brazilians and foreigners want to save this indigenous people , so we need something that causes more impact for all the Brazilian people become aware of a possible tragedy that might happen with the Awa.
Thanks again for your interest and for the great work that you guys are doing.
All the best,
Cristina Fonseca.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Saturday May 24, 2014, 6:50 am
'Survival International' has sent out an e-mail announcement: "The Awá: an historic victory":

In 2012 we launched a global campaign to save a little-known tribe in the Amazon, one of the last nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes left in Brazil. With more than 30% of their forests destroyed by illegal logging, we asked you to help save the Earth's most threatened tribe.

You responded in your thousands, and, because of your emails, Awáicons and donations, the campaign made headlines around the world. Brazil's Minister of Justice was forced to act, sending in troops and federal agents to expel the loggers.

The operation has just been completed; all loggers and ranchers have been removed from the Awá indigenous territory. This is an incredible victory which would never have happened without your help.

Here is your story> Watch the film:
"Earth’s most threatened tribe: the campaign triumphs!" - "Brazil’s government bows to the global campaign and expels all illegal loggers."

The story is currently on the front page of the BBC website (21 May 2014), and will be featured in BBC2’s leading in-depth TV news programme, “Newsnight”. UK supporters can watch it tonight (Thursday 22 May) at 10.30pm (BST). The story will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday at 11.30am (BST).
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