Fears for Brazil’s isolated tribes as ex-missionary named to head agency

Concern that Jair Bolsonaro’s appointment of Ricardo Lopes Dias heralds a push to spread Christianity and could introduce diseases

Brazil has put a former evangelical missionary in charge of its isolated indigenous tribes, provoking concern among indigenous groups, NGOs, anthropologists and even government officials, who fear the government of the far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, is overseeing a new push to spread Christianity among Brazil’s indigenous people.

The appointment of Ricardo Lopes Dias, an anthropologist and evangelical pastor, to head the department for isolated and recently contacted tribes at the indigenous agency Funai, was announced on Wednesday.

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