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Fri Jan 3, 2014, 03:45 PM

'After All the People We Killed, We Felt Dizzy'

By Bethany Horne

As two military-style helicopters touch down in a remote village in the jungles of Ecuador, masked men with guns hop out and scurry into a one-room schoolhouse. Inside they capture their target: a 6-year-old girl who doesn't speak their language and can't even guess why they are kidnapping her. They carry the terrified child, Conta, into the belly of one of the helicopters and it quickly rises up and away. Inside a thing she has only ever known as a screaming demon that roars across the sky, she is flown to a nearby city. There, she is taken by these armed strangers to a hospital that is a teeming petri dish of germs for which she has no immunity, since she has never been in a city before.

This is the second time in seven months this girl, who grew up in a tribe without access to metal tools, has been violently wrenched from her daily life and thrust into a new and terrifying world.

Conta is part of a small and little-known tribe called the Taromenane. Along with her little sister Daboka, Conta is one of two known survivors of a family group of uncontacted indigenous people - tribes who do not trade or communicate with any outsiders and violently reject all attempts by outsiders to do so with them - that lived in the Yasuni jungle in Ecuador. Experts think there are fewer than 200 uncontacted people living in the Yasuni, but very little is known about their location or their customs.

http://mag.newsweek.com/2014/01/03/people-killed-felt-dizzy.html

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Fri Jan 3, 2014, 03:53 PM

1. Horrifying. I have seen the monstrous pieces of equipment tear new paths through virgin rain forest

 

...as part of the systematic exploitation of resources without an iota of care for the people who live there.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Fri Jan 3, 2014, 04:01 PM

2. This is no

Disney Pocahontas story. Yikes.. wow. I feel for her!

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Fri Jan 3, 2014, 04:06 PM

3. I wonder how long that child will survive?

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Fri Jan 3, 2014, 05:16 PM

4. We looked at a Planet called "Earth",

....and found no signs of intelligent life.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Fri Jan 3, 2014, 05:22 PM

5. Horrifying. n/t

 

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Fri Jan 3, 2014, 05:24 PM

6. Rafael Correa is a piece of work.

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