15 indigenous families are challenging the risk of contamination with the sole objective of collecting and donating part of their crops to the needy.
As Josias Gavião told the Brazilian newspaper G1:
“In this pandemic period, there are needy people who are suffering much more than the others. We have our own crops, the productions in the indigenous land of the Iguapé Lourdes. There, the Gavião were already producing and delivering food within the ministerial program, but then we came up with the idea of also giving our contribution to the municipality, so that this food can be distributed directly to families in need”
The village has nearly 1,000 indigenous people and, in order to provide food safely, only five of them have traveled to the urban area of Ji-Paranà to reduce the risk of Covid-19 contamination in the tribe:
“We are trying to protect the indigenous land as much as possible, because we know that the risk we run is very large… Going to town makes us more vulnerable to this virus,” said Josias.
However, this did not discourage them from helping others. The 1,300 pounds of fresh food, wrapped in banana leaves and donated by the Gavião tribe have benefited over 40 families from the city of Ji-Paranà.
Even though they have received little to no help by the government the indigenous people are also helping others. A demonstration that their solidarity and humanitygo beyond even the worst situations.
Watch the G1 report here: