Photo gallery: Risk of bloodshed in the Brazilian Amazon

Photojournalist Gabriel Uchida collaborated with Amnesty International to document the impact of illegal land seizures and logging on Indigenous peoples in Brazil’s Amazon region. The organization warned of bloodshed unless the Brazilian authorities step in to protect Indigenous territories from further armed intrusions.

Amnesty International recently visited three different Indigenous territories in northern Brazil where illegal intruders had begun or expanded efforts to seize land and/or cut down trees. Indigenous leaders told the organization that they had received death threats for defending their traditional lands. They also fear new intrusions in the dry season (May/June to October/November) when easier physical access to forests facilitates clearance and burning.