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BRAZIL: African refugees in the Amazon Forest

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BRAZIL: African refugees in the Amazon Forest
BRAZIL: African refugees in the Amazon Forest

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Nicolas Wilson, 56, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), was the first African refugee to find his way to the region of the Amazon jungle in Brazil, and seems to have started a trend. He escaped from the Equator Province in the northwest of the DRC, Central Africa, fleeing fighting between rival ethnic groups over fishing rights.

Nicolas came to São Paulo in late 2009. His application was accepted in February and then he became the first African refugee living in the rainforest of Brazil.

According to UN figures, since 2010, some 30 African refugees who have sought asylum from the Brazilian government live in the states of the Amazon jungle. Asylum seekers come from Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, West Africa, Kenya, East Africa, Zimbabwe, southern Africa, and DRC.

The region of the Amazon jungle in Brazil currently houses 140 refugees, especially from Bolivia, and 700 other asylum seekers of different nationalities who are waiting for a response from the government over their demands. The process takes up to six months.

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