COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: A dying tradition

Survival International, an organisation supporting tribal peoples, last week handed a petition of 40,000 signatures to the Brazilian embassies in London and Madrid urging the Government to protect the land of the Awa Indians, Brazil's last surviving hunter-gatherer tribe.

This comes after a 20-year campaign by Survival to protect the tribe.

Since the early 1980s, settlers have invaded the Awa land killing many of the tribe - only 300 remain.The signatures were gathered from Survival supporters all over the world. Survival also worked with Brazilian NGOs to organise a letter-writing campaign to Brazilian officials. Fiona Watson, campaign co-ordinator at Survival, said: "You should never give up, even after 20 years," she said.

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