The Brazilian NGO which posted images of Yanomami indios from Venezuela, claiming they were victims of Jair Bolsonaro, is a leftist organization which embezzled $6.5 million of taxpayer funds, reveals investigative journalist Oswaldo Eustáquio.
Public data from the Brazilia Federal Court of Auditors reveals that the NGO URIHI diverted R$ 33 million (US$ 6.5 million) from public coffers meant for indigenous health measures in the state of Roraima, according to Oswaldo Eustáquio.
“The public funds that are intended to be used for food, sanitation and health of the indigenous Yanomami instead are being used to enrich the leaders who live far from the villages, leaving their relatives in misery”, Eustáquio said.
URIHI is led by allies of Lula’s leftist Workers’ Party, and faces several lawsuits for misappropriation of public funds. URIHI president Júnior Hekurari Yanomami lives a life of luxury, as his Instagram posts reveal, showing him flying in private planes and wearing Armani shirts. In April, Júnior Hekurari appeared with now-President Lula da Silva at an event.
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On his Twitter account, Venezuelan deputy Romel Guzamana acknowledged that the photo of an emaciated Yanomami indigenous woman used by “Guardian” Latin America correspondent Tom Philipps is actually a victim of Nicolás Maduro’s communist system in Venezuela (Gateway reported).
Denuncio la grave desnutrición de nuestros hermanos indigenas #Yanomamis del Edo #Bolivar. Cruzaron a Brasil en busca de comida y se encontraron aislados de la sociedad soberana,otra violación a los DDHH Indígenas por el régimen de Maduro.#26Ene @ONU_derechos pic.twitter.com/n9Vo6aFY2O
— ROMEL GUZAMANA (@ROMELGUZAMANA) January 26, 2023
Eustáquio also revealed that the newly appointed minister of Indigenous Peoples of the Lula regime, Sonia Guajajara, also misappropriated funds meant for the indigenous Yanomami.
“In 2020, the NGO led by Sonia Guajajara asked for donations to the Yanomami people of Roraíma,” Eustáquio reported. “However, the funds for this campaign never arrived in the village, according to local leaders who talked to the reporter. Indigenous people who live on the border between Brazil and Venezuela told the reporter that the leaders of these NGOs live like kings and use all the funds for themselves.”
The Yanomami catastrophe in tomorrow’s @guardian 👇🏼 pic.twitter.com/WKYBmVujC2
— Tom Phillips (@tomphillipsin) January 23, 2023