The few hundred people that are left in the Awá tribe live in the Brazilian Amazon and are losing their homes to illegal loggers. According to Survival International, the Awá are being murdered and driven to extinction. The organization launched a campaign this week, with a short film featuring Colin Firth, to prevent and educate the concerns of illegal deforestation.
The film shows how important the forest is for the Awá and Firth encourages viewers to contact Brazil’s minister of justice José Eduardo Cardozo to demand that the loggers be driven out. Many of the Awá have never had correspondence with the outside world, and are afraid that they loggers will kill everything in the forest, leaving them hungry.
Firth says in the film, “”The Awá’s forest is being illegally cut for timber. When the loggers see them, they kill them. One man has the power to stop the loggers: Brazil’s Minister of Justice. But it’s just not his priority. Let’s push it up his list.”
A member of the tribe told Survival International, “I hid in the forest and escaped from the white people. They killed my mother, my brothers and sisters and my wife.”
According to the Guardian, illegal deforestation has slowed in Brazil in recent years, but in the area where the Awá live it still continues in full force and one-third of the rainforest has been destroyed.