NITEROI, Brazil ( Associated Press) – Family and friends said their final goodbyes on Sunday to Dom Phillips, the British journalist killed in the Brazilian Amazon researching to write a book on ways to save the region.
“First of all, I want to express my eternal gratitude to the indigenous people, who are with us as faithful defenders of life, justice and forests,” Philips’ wife, Alessandra Sampao, said in a ceremony at the entrance of a cemetery . Rio de Janeiro. Janeiro.
“Today, Dom’s funeral will be held in Brazil, the adopted country of the country he loved. Today is a day of mourning.”
Phillips, 57, along with 41-year-old indigenous Bruno Pereira, were killed on June 5 in their boat on the Itaqui River, near the Valle Javari indigenous region, which borders Peru and Colombia. Police said three fishermen from the area were arrested and two of them confessed to their crime.
Disputes have long existed in the areas between indigenous tribes and fishermen hired to invade the Javari Valley to bring in arapaima, turtles and other animals. Pereira, an official in the local Indigenous Affairs office, fought against these invasions for years and had received many threats.
“He was killed because he tried to tell the world what was happening to the Amazon rainforest and its inhabitants,” said Phillips’ sister, Cian.
“Dom understood the need for an immediate change to a political and economic strategy for conservation. His family and friends are committed to continuing that work even in times of tragedy. That story needs to be told,” he said.
Phillips wrote about Brazil for 15 years, first covering the oil industry for Platts, then freelancing for the Washington Post and the New York Times, then contributing to the Guardian. He was a versatile genius, but he continued to write more about the environment as it became his passion.
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