Brazilian loggers ‘tied eight-year-old Amazonian tribe girl to a tree and burned her alive’

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Loggers in Brazil who had illegally entered an Amazon Indian reserve captured an eight-year-old indigenous girl and burned her alive, it was claimed today.

The child, who belonged to the isolated Gwaja-Awa tribe, is believed to have wandered away from her village to play and got lost in the forest.

The group of illegal loggers who were trespassing in the 1000-acre reserve in Maranhao state, northern Brazil, came across the young girl, tied her to a tree and set fire to her, it is claimed.

Luis Carlos Guajajaras, a local Indian leader from another tribe protected by the reserve, told Brazil’s Terra website that members of his community had witnessed the horrific murder.

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