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Who is Dom Phillips? British journalist Missing in the Amazon

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Dom Phillips is a British journalist Missing in the Amazon

A British journalist and a Brazilian indigenous affairs expert are missing in Brazil’s remote Javari Valley. Dom Phillips and Bruno Araújo Pereira have been missing for over 30 hours.

Who is Dom Phillips?

They were supposed to meet with a local leader but never showed up. The area is home to thousands of indigenous people and about 16 uncontacted groups.

The Guardian’s global environment editor Johnathan Watts has called for Brazilian authorities to take swift action.

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In September 2019, another indigenous affairs worker Maxciel Pereira dos Santos was murdered in the same area, according to Brazil’s Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The area is under government protection, but repeated incursions by land grabbers, illegal miners, illegal hunters, and illegal fishermen have produced bloody conflict.