An American missionary has been accused of exposing an isolated indigenous tribe in Brazil to potentially fatal diseases.
Steve Campbell, a missionary linked to a Baptist Church in Maine, is being investigated by officials from FUNAI, the Brazilian government’s Indigenous Affairs Department, amid reports that he could be tried for genocide.
He allegedly entered an area occupied by the Hi-Merimã tribe last month while carrying out missionary work with natives from a neighboring tribe.
The latest case comes just two months after another American missionary, John Chau, 27, was killed on North Sentinel island where native people have lived for 30,000 years.
The Hi-Merimã is one of a few dozen isolated communities in Brazil that have had almost no contact with the outside world.
Natives there have previously rejected attempts at contact. It is unclear what penalties Campbell may face, with federal prosecutors or police officials yet to be notified of his actions.
However, Survival International, an organization advocating for tribal peoples’ rights, has reported that Campbell could even be tried for ‘genocide’.
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Source: Daily Mail