After being affected by Hurricane Harvey, this woman who survived was reunited with her rescuer.
CNN recently published a video featuring reporter Rosa Flores speaking with Evelyn Hawkins, a Hurricane Harvey victim who was rescued by her neighbor, Javier Rivera, who she had never met before. Even though Rivera was already struggling to take his pregnant wife and three children to safety, as Flores notes, he still made the extra effort to help his neighbor. Hawkins emotionally expressed her gratitude for Rivera’s selflessness. “Those are the people who came to get me out of the water. My son couldn’t come get me. And they don’t even know how to speak English. But they came and got me,” said Hawkins to Flores. As Hawkins was reunited with her hero, she said to him, “I appreciate you so much, ’cause you didn’t have to do it, but you did. And I appreciate you so much.”
When reporter Flores spoke to Rivera about his heroic act, he paused, appearing to get emotional, and then replied: “No importa el tipo de raza. Todos somos familia.”
Brazilian authorities are looking into an alleged massacre of an indigenous tribe near the Brazilian border with Peru and Colombia. According to The Washington Post, Brazilian authorities only know about the incident because a group of gold miners allegedly bragged about the massacre at a bar. They even had pieces of jewelry and tools from the tribe to back up their claim. There were 10 tribe members where the miners were located, and, according to their own admission at the bar, they killed all of them. The Washington Post explains that there isn’t a lot of information about the tribe due to their reclusive nature but there have been steps taken to protect the different tribes in the Brazilian Amazon. However, The New York Times reports that since Michel Temer has become president of Brazil, the amount of funding to protect and monitor indigenous peoples and their lands has been severely slashed. The budget cuts to indigenous affairs has led to the closure of five of the 19 bases responsible for preventing miners and loggers from invading indigenous lands and harming the people living there.
“If these reports are confirmed, [Brazilian President Michel Temer] and his government bear a heavy responsibility for this genocidal attack,” Stephen Corry, the director for Survival International, told The Washington Post. He added: “All these tribes should have had their lands properly recognized and protected years ago — the government’s open support for those who want to open up indigenous territories is utterly shameful, and is setting indigenous rights in Brazil back decades.”
You can read more about the investigation into the killing of this tribe here.