Brazil

    Suicides among native Indians in Brazil rose sharply last year as social despair grew and living conditions worsened, even as fewer were killed in violent land disputes. Thirty-four Guarani Kaiowa Indians in the southwestern state of Mato Grosso do Sul committed suicide in 2008, a 50 percent increase over the previous year, according to a report by the Indian Missionary Council. The government agency for Indian affairs, Funai, estimates Brazil has nearly 1 million Indians living on large reservations in the Amazon rain forest or cramped in ghetto-like reservations; many fall victim to drugs or prostitution. (Reuters)

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