Vale do Javari, the second largest indigenous reserve in Brazil, is known for being the scene of conflicts

Brazilian firefighters found, this Sunday, a backpack with a laptop and other objects in the area where the searches are taking place for a British journalist and a local activist who disappeared a week ago in the Amazon jungle.

Journalist Dom Phillips, contributor to The Guardian newspaper, and activist Bruno Pereira have been missing since June 5 in Vale do Javari, a remote jungle region in the Brazilian Amazon, close to the borders of Peru and Colombia, where they were investigating the threats. against indigenous peoples.

According to information provided by the firefighters, the backpack – which also contained books and some items of clothing – belongs to one of the missing persons, something confirmed by representatives of the Union of Indigenous Peoples of Vale do Javari.

The bag, which will be sent to experts for analysis, was tied to a tree in a flooded area on the banks of the river, near the house of Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira, better known as “Pelado”.

So far, “Pelado” is the only suspect in the disappearances and was arrested on Friday after authorities found traces of blood on one of his boats.

After a week of searches and few results, non-governmental organizations and international organizations such as the UN Human Rights Office and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States urged the government of Jair Bolsonaro to redouble its efforts to find the missing.

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