The Amazon Rainforest has recently lost another two heroes and now mourning over their loss.
He predicted his own murder and six months later, he and his wife were gunned down in an interior city of the jungle state of Para in Northern Brazil. It is a very sad news for they were only harmless rubber tappers who simply wished to save the rainforest from being lost forever.
Jose Claudio Ribeiro da Silva (left) and wife, Maria do
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News from Guardian.co.uk:
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1. ALJAZEERA: Anti-logging activist murdered in Amazon
2. MSN: Brazilian activist shot dead in Amazon
In related to such similar assassination will be the late Dorothy Stang, an American-born Brazilian sister of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur order, who was assassinated in Anapu, a city in the state of Para, in the Amazon Basin of Brazil. Dorothy was outspoken in her efforts on behalf of the poor and the environment, and had previously received death threats from loggers and land owners.
Dorothy was often pictured wearing a tee shirt with the slogan, "A Morte da floresta é o fim da nossa vida" which is Portuguese for "The death of the forest is the end of our life."
Read more on Dorothy Stang:
1. Wikipedia: Dorothy Stang
Guns and bullets have killed you but your spirits will live on among the natives of the Amazon Rainforest and all over the rainforest on our planet.
They are my true heroes, my rainforest Martyrs who wished not for power and fame but just to protect a few big trees.
Will I be brave as them when trial comes?
Rest in peace my Saints of the Rainforest, our Martyrs