Fight for Amazonia - The Justice Boat| 52mins
Director: Arne Birkenstock | Producer: Thomas Wartmann
Focus Years: 2010 | Country: Germany
For 13 years, Judge Sueli Pini has been travelling from the provincial capital MacapÃ¡ to the remote villages on the Amazon Delta every two months.
To this day the Brazilian state does not know the exact number of people living in the Amazon Delta as many of them hold no passport or birth certificate. They live in remote hamlets and villages with no infrastructure. To the authorities, these people are invisible. They have no access to social services, to the health care system or to the justice system. Their existence is simply not recognized.
â€œThese people were purely ignored and forgotten by the Brazilian state for many years,â€ Judge Sueli Pini explains. With her justice boat she brings a wide range of state services to the population of the North Amazon region. The steam boat houses a court with public prosecutor, bailiffs and public defenders, a team of doctors including a dentist, a doctor, nurses, and a passport office with civil servants and ID card forms.
Judge Sueli Pini has to fight for all her tours. As she explains â€œThe cultural divide is even bigger than the geographical divide that we have to bridge. Most of my colleagues and superiors have never been here, so they cannot appreciate how important our tours are for the locals and for the Brazilian state.â€ So far she has been able to prevail â€“ and hereby contributing greatly to protect the inhabitants of the rainforest.
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