Visit to Venezuela Amazon village in finds no signs of massacre
A Yanomami Indian elder rest in his hammock at a village called Irotatheri in Venezuela's Amazon region, Sept. 7, 2012. (AP / Ariana Cubillos)
Published Sunday, September 9, 2012 3:23PM EDT
IROTATHERI, Venezuela -- Venezuelan officials and journalists investigating reports of a possible massacre of Yanomami Indians at a remote village in the Amazon have found people peacefully cooking plantains over a communal fire, but no sign of any killings.
Yanomami in the village of Irotatheri spoke with journalists through a guide, who translated their accounts that there had been no violence.
The government flew in journalists by helicopter after a report of killings in the community.
Leaders of the Horonami Yanomami Organization said last month that people from a nearby village had visited Irotatheri and reported a mass killing of unknown proportions. Group leader Luis Shatiwe said by phone on Sunday that he thinks it's still possible there might have been violence in another community.