Since the end of July, six Brazilians, including Franciscan Br. Sergio Gorgen, have been on a hunger strike to denounce the deteriorating conditions of many Brazilians due to increased violence, unemployment and hunger.
Fr. José Amaro Lopes de Souza, a priest connected with the Brazilian bishops' Pastoral Land Commission, was arrested and charged with extortion and money laundering.
Erileid Domingues said most of her indigenous village has, at one time or another, fallen ill due to contaminated water.
The Brazilian bishops' Indigenous Missionary Council criticized an April 30 attack in a remote area of Maranhao state that left 13 Gamela Indians injured.