September 16, 2021
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first_imgOne year after Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth launched Survival International’s campaign to save the Awá, Earth’s most threatened tribe, a large number of international celebrities have joined him and his wife Livia in backing the urgent campaign.Colin Firth Supports the Awá peopleCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalLivia Firth stands up for the AwáCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalHollywood star Gillian Anderson, British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, Californian rock band Allah-Las, actors Mark Rylance, Sophie Okonedo, Emilia Fox, Sinead Cusack and stars of the hit series Game of Thrones Oona Chaplin, Natalia Tena and Finn Jones are among the celebrities photographed with the awáIcon, which reads ‘Brazil: Save the Awá’.Hollywood star Gillian Anderson brandishes the awáIcon which sends the urgent message, ‘Brazil: Save the Awá’.Credit/Copyright: Survival InternationalGillian Anderson told Survival, ‘We must as human beings collectively wake up and help save the Awá: the Earth’s most threatened tribe. We cannot have another people become extinct due to the negligence and greed of others. We all have a duty.’Davina McCall shows her support for the AwáCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalOther British celebrities backing the campaign to save the Awá include Olympic star and winner of Strictly Come Dancing Louis Smith, TV and radio presenters Davina McCall and Dave Berry, MTV presenter Lilah Parsons, human rights activist Peter Tatchell, artist Kurt Jackson and many others.The Awá in their forestCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalThe Awá of northeastern Brazil live under the threat of extinction due to violent attacks and the theft of their land by loggers and ranchers. Brazil’s authorities have done nothing to evict the invaders from the Awá’s heartland, despite experts warning of a ‘genocide’ if no action is taken.Destruction in the Awá homelandCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalPire’i Ma’a Awá, an Awá man told Survival International, ’We’ve been waiting too long. When the rains stop, the loggers will come back. The loggers will close in on us, here around our community. The police must be brought here!’Invasion of the forestCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalThe celebrities joined a worldwide movement to save the Awá which has seen over 50,000 letters sent to Brazil’s Justice Minister and the awáIcon photographed at famous landmarks around the world – from Brazil’s Sugarloaf mountain, to the Eiffel tower in Paris.Ross Thomas supports the AwáCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalSurvival’s Director Stephen Corry said today, ‘As celebrities join the campaign to save the Awá, Brazil must not ignore the growing number of voices being raised in support of the world’s most threatened tribe. Its reputation hangs in the balance.’Sophie Okonedo shows her support for the Awá.Credit/Copyright: Survival InternationalSee more of Survival International’s picture gallery of celebrities supporting the Awá here.To watch videos and learn more about the incredible lives of the “Earth’s most threatened tribe”, before and after contact with the outside world, visit Internationallast_img