Soaring suicide rates, murder and forced to live by the roadside on scraps: How one of the Amazon’s oldest tribes faces being wiped out by ranchers scaring them off their land in a ‘silent genocide’

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  • WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT  
  • Thousands of members of the Guarani Indian tribe have been aggressively evicted from their ancestral land in Brazil
  • Guarani people claim land owners – or ‘ranchers’ – are paying mercenaries to assassinate leaders and scare them off
  • Violence escalated recently as groups of Guarani tribesmen attempted to retake the land that was stolen from them
  • 400,000 lived in continent when European colonisers made contact in 16th Century – but tens of thousands remain

One of South America’s oldest tribes is being wiped out by land owners who pay mercenaries to assassinate its leaders and force them off their ancestral land, human rights group Survival International has warned.

More than 400,000 Guarani Indians lived in sprawling communities throughout South America when European colonisers first made contact in the 16th Century.

Only 51,000 remain in Brazil today, while their population in Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia has decreased by…

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