Newspaper said The Independent The British, in a report published on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, said that the last men of the Amazigh Juma tribe died of Covid-19, which represents an irreparable loss to the traditions and rituals of his people.
On February 17, Arauca Goma died of complications at Porto Velo Hospital, in the capital of the state of Rondônia, in western Brazil.
Corona arrives at Amazon
According to reports, the emerging coronavirus crisis has severely affected indigenous people in the Amazon region, and it is believed to have been spread by non-indigenous people entering their areas to carry out illegal activities such as logging and searching for minerals.
Goma, who is believed to be between 85 and 90 years old, has three daughters, all of whom are married from a different tribe.
It is reported that in the eighteenth century, there were an estimated 15,000 people in the Goma tribe, but the numbers decreased dramatically, due to disease and massacre.
By 1934, only about 100 members of the tribe remained, but 30 years later, the massacre left only six members of the tribe alive, including Juma. After the death of his son-in-law in 1999, he became the last living man in the tribe.
Extinction due to massacres
For its part, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Rondonia said, in a statement, about the death of Goma, that in the mid-sixties, the Goma people were on the verge of extinction, due to the massacres that other relatives suffered in previous decades at the hands of rubber extractors, loggers and fishermen in the region. It is located on the banks of the Aswa River, in Kanotama, the statement said
The statement added, “Aruka was one of the survivors. The man has three daughters, who are the last of a group of girls from the Juma ethnic tribe: Mandi, Mita and Puriha Goma.”
On the other hand, groups defending the rights of indigenous peoples said that the denial of the Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, of Covid-19 and the lack of policies necessary to confront it, along with geographical challenges, pose a great threat to the survival of the indigenous population.
A report issued by the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders pointed to a “chronic lack of investment” in the public health system in Brazil, which led to the dire situation of the country during the pandemic.
Thousands of deaths due to Corona
Brazil suffered the second worst number of deaths from Covid-19 in the world, with 242,000 people dead and about 10 million infected.
Indigenous people are particularly vulnerable to disease, because they live in very isolated communities and do not have the same immunity to pathogens as compared to people who live in more urban areas.
There have been 50,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and more than 900 deaths in indigenous communities. In a joint statement, indigenous peoples’ rights organizations condemned the Brazilian government; Of the death of the indigenous peoples.