Brazil’s isolated indigenous tribes are already particularly vulnerable to any contagious diseases. As COVID-19 sweeps the globe, evangelical missionaries are setting up shop dangerously close to their home base.
Doctors have raised concern that COVID-19 could “wipe out” whole communities. But the missionary group Ethnos360 has stationed a helicopter just 55km from a protected reserve in the Javari Valley, home to world’s highest concentration of isolated indigenous groups.
The group has previously been expelled by authorities for abusing their indigenous contacts. But the group has growing influence within Brazil’s far-right government—a former missionary now heads up the government office in charge of isolated indigenous tribes.