Lisa Hardy, Gwendolyn Saul, Kerry F. Thompson
Epidemics have been part of colonialism since settlers arrived. And, in the case of Indigenous nations, the story of inequity is imbued with dispossession of lands and is met with organizing from the inside.
When indigenous leader Jorge Ríos Pérez and three others were killed by illegal loggers in Peru in 2014, his eldest daughter Diana had to become the leader of the fight for justice for the murders and for the defense of antamiki (the Amazon forest).
The coronavirus is spreading rapidly in Brazil, yet President Bolsonaro has approved a new project to contact and convert isolated Amazon indigenous groups by an evangelical organization with a history of doing deadly harm to Indians.