The world's last isolated tribes are in acute danger. Roads, industrial agriculture, and oil, gas, mining and logging operations, are constantly pushing their way into the isolated tribes' territories. The forest is destroyed and the isolated tribes are forced to flee further into their ever-shrinking home.
Diseases that threaten isolated tribes
Introduced diseases are a common death cause. In the worst cases, entire tribes can die of such foreign diseases.
If contacted, a simple flu can can kill half the population of an entire tribe within just months. People who have lived in isolated tribes their whole lives do not have immunity to common diseases. In a Nahua tribe in Peru, half of the tribe died from diseases that spread after a short period of contact with outsiders. Read Juan's story. "The disease wiped out my entire family"
Those who survive the diseases often lose access to their traditional land, and they struggle to adapt to the new world they are forced into. Their culture collapses and many become discriminated, abused, many fall into prostitution and slavelike working conditions.
Massacres of isolated tribes
Illegal loggers, cocaine smuglers, gold miners and cattle rangers are known to persecute and kill isolated tribes. Organised massacres of entire groups of isolated tribes have been reported, with several cases just over the last 30 years.
But perhaps the worst of all, is that the governments in the countries where these atrocities happen often turn a blind eye to them. In some cases, they may even facilitate them.