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Sat Sep 14, 2019, 12:59 PM

Brazil's Amazon chief Raoni tapped for 2020 Nobel Peace Prize nomination

Source: Reuters


Brazil's Amazon chief Raoni tapped for 2020 Nobel Peace Prize nomination

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A group of Brazilian anthropologists and environmentalists has put forward Chief Raoni Metuktire of the Kayapů tribe as a candidate for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for a lifetime of work protecting the Amazon rainforest.

Raoni, an unmistakable Amazon icon with his large lip plate, yellow macaw-feather headdress and ear rings, became known internationally as an environmental campaigner in the 1980s with musician Sting at his side.

At 89, Raoni took to the road again this year seeking help to stop a surge in fires destroying the forest, which he has blamed on the plans of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro to develop the Amazon economically and assimilate its indigenous people.

The Darcy Ribeiro Foundation, named after one of Brazilís first anthropologists, announced this week that it had formally proposed Raoniís name to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which decides who wins the annual award.


Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-environment-raoni/brazils-amazon-chief-raoni-tapped-for-2020-nobel-peace-prize-nomination-idUSKBN1VZ0FH

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