The Brazilian NGO which posted images of Yanomami indios from Venezuela, claiming they were victims of Jair Bolsonaro, is a leftist organization which embezzled $6.5 million of taxpayer funds, reveals investigative journalist Oswaldo Eustáquio.
Public data from the Brazilia Federal Court of Auditors reveals that the NGO URIHI diverted R$ 33 million (US$ 6.5 million) from public coffers meant for indigenous health measures in the state of Roraima, according to Oswaldo Eustáquio.
“The public funds that are intended to be used for food, sanitation and health of the indigenous Yanomami instead are being used to enrich the leaders who live far from the villages, leaving their relatives in misery”, Eustáquio said.
URIHI is led by allies of Lula’s leftist Workers’ Party, and faces several lawsuits for misappropriation of public funds. URIHI president Júnior Hekurari Yanomami lives a life of luxury, as his Instagram posts reveal, showing him flying in private planes and wearing Armani shirts. In April, Júnior Hekurari appeared with now-President Lula da Silva at an event.