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  Amazonian tribe steps up fight for land
Updated 28 August 2002, 16.37
Tamata'i, 9, helps his father hunt for food in the forest
A tribe in the Amazon rainforest is fighting for the right to keep its land.

  Click here to see pix of life in the Amazon

An agreements was made at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio to protect tribes like the Awa.

Forest under threat


But ten years on the Awa's lifestyle is still under threat.

The tribe lives off the land, gathering and hunting enough food without harming the environment.

The Awa have only been known to people in the outside world for 30 years.

Road building

Map showing the Amazon rainforest
But over the last 20 years many people have set up new homes on their land.

This, together with logging and road building, means their forest home is gradually being destroyed.

But now an international organisation called Survival is helping them fight the case in the Brazilian courts.

It's hoped this will stop other people settling on their land and secure their future.

Go to the link on the right to find out more on Survival.

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