2018 / Editorial / Photo Essay

The Waiapi - Battle Against Extinction

  • Photographer
    Apu Gomes
  • Agency / Studio

The Waiapi live near the eastern end of the Amazon river, at the national reserve in Amapa state, Brazil. The tribe operates according to its own laws, with a way of life at times closer to the Stone Age than the 21st century Now the government is pushing to abolish the reserve and open the region of pristine rainforest known as Renca to international mining companies who covet the rich deposits of gold. From a tiny settlement of palm-thatched huts hidden in foliage, the tribesmen streaked in red and black dye have vowed to defend their territory.

An Internationally published photojournalist from Brazil who has covered the ‘Arab Spring,’ the Libyan civil war and the U.S-Iran nuclear deal in Tehran as well as the Amazon Rainforest, drug wars in Rio de Janeiro's favelas, the World Cup in Brazil and the situation at the US-Mexican border in Trump era.