(ACRE) – Following the arrival of more intruders and drug smugglers, 23 members of an isolated Amazonian tribe are seeking the help of Brazilian authorities.
The members have made an official plea for sanctuary.
Though they risk exposure to foreign diseases, the indigenous people are more afraid of the violent intruders, who have reportedly killed elder tribesmen and burned down their homes.
Other indigenous communities like the Asháninka have also been affected, with members of this other tribe stealing food, clothing and even weapons from their homes.
While the Brazilian government tries to figure out the best solution, people’s rights groups are urging the Peruvian government to do more to protect its isolated indigenous population.
The new Amazon tribe made first contact back in July near the Enriva river at Brazil’s border with Peru.
In that instance, the tribe members were fleeing from drug smugglers.