Raoni Metuktire, 90 year old Amazon icon, who has become a symbol of the fight for indigenous rights and preservation of the rainforest has been hospitalized due to digestive bleeding.
Raoni Metuktire is an Indigenous Brazilian leader and environmentalist. He is a chief of the Kayapo people. He is internationally famous as a living symbol of the fight for the preservation of the Amazon rainforest and indigenous culture.
His nephew told The Associated Press that Mr. Raoni tested negative for the new coronavirus at the hospital in Colider city, 370 kilometers from the reservation.
He said doctors haven’t yet determined the cause of Mr. Raoni’s illness, but has been depressed since his wife, Bekwyjketuktire, died of a stroke last month.
He campaigned around the world for decades for indigenous territorial rights and preservation of the Amazon rainforest and he also raise the awareness about the deforestation in the world.
Raoni Metuktire is a big critic of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Late time in an interview with the Guardian he said. “Since he [Bolsonaro] became president, he has been the worst for us.”