THE REAL AVATAR- massacre happens on our planet

I saw 3D Avatar yesterday and I was amazed how many similarities I found between sci-fi Avatar story and what happens in the real world now. In the movie an alien tribe on a distant planet fights to save their forest home from human invaders bent on mining the planet. The natives win because the planet literally fights off the invaders and not just the native defenders.

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Back on Earth similar actions occur…

June 2009- Peru, The indigenous tribes were protesting harsh new rules designed to aid the development of the area to make it easier for foreign companies to exploit oil, gas, timber, and minerals on indigenous land.  23 police officers and at least 10 indigenous people were killed, their bodies were dumped to the river, 82 other protesters suffered gunshot wounds…

March 2006, Borneo- Penan Community Formerly nomadic, the Penan hunted and gathered food from the rainforest and lived on sago, a starch extracted from the pith of sago palm stems, until the 1950s, when they decided to settle at village locations where they live today. The Penan plaintiffs state that, for over 10 years, various logging operators have wrongfully trespassed onto their ancestral land with bulldozers, excavators, shovels, trucks and lorries and have destroyed a substantial area of their forest, fruit trees, crops and cultural heritage, such as graves and historical sites. In September 2009, a Malaysian government report confirmed allegations by the Penan of the middle Baram region that a number of indigenous girls and women had been sexually abused and raped by logging company employees.

For decades real indigenous tribes around the world have faced off with corporations determined to exploit their land. These corporations, much like the company in the film, usually have support from the government and access to armed security forces. Yet unlike the film, in which the natives triumph over the invaders, the real life stories of indigenous tribes rarely end with victory…

Here I attached Uncontacted Tribes movie, created by Survival International. Survival is the only international organization supporting tribal peoples worldwide. The charity was founded in 1969 after an article by Norman Lewis in the UK’s Sunday Times highlighted the massacres, land thefts and genocide taking place in Brazilian Amazonia. Like many modern atrocities, the racist oppression of Brazil’s Indians took place in the name of ‘economic growth’….

While Avatar is a fun, showy film that many may view as simple sci-fi entertainment, the film clearly alludes to struggles and injustices that one doesn’t need to travel across the galaxy to see, but are occurring right here on planet Earth.

Mags Sikora

I'm Mags, an SEO Consultant, London