Bishops denounce causes of health care crisis in Brazilian Amazon

Image: The Krahô People in the Amazonian State of Tocantins implanted physical barriers on the road to their villages in order to prevent the access of people from the outside and avoid contagion. (Courtesy of the Krahô People/Indigenous Missionary Council)

The explosion of cases of COVID-19 in the Brazilian Amazon led the Catholic Church to launch several initiatives to coordinate assistance in the region. Bishops and missionaries working in the Amazonian church acknowledge, nevertheless, that the crisis is too big. For them, it’s up to Catholics now to assume a prophetic voice, denouncing the government’s negligence in providing health care services to indigenous peoples and the poor.