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'Every minute counts': Sister of missing British journalist in Brazil urges action

The sister of a British journalist who was missing in Amazonia has pleaded with Brazilian authorities to do everything possible to locate her brother. Warning: Every minute counts.

Dom Phillips is a freelancer who wrote about Brazil for The Guardian and The Washington Post. He was replaced by Bruno Araujo Pereira a local expert and former official of the government whose job it was to protect Brazil’s uncontacted tribes.

They were last seen in Javari Valley, Amazonas state, near the border with Peru. Javari is home to some of the most remote indigenous communities in the world.

According to The Guardian Mr Pereira was threatened by miners and loggers in the area.

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Sian Phillips posted a video on social media in which she cried as she pleaded for the authorities to urgently search for her brother who has been missing since Sunday.

She said that Dom, her brother, has been living in Brazil for the past two years with his Brazilian wife. He loves Brazil and is deeply concerned about the Amazon and its people.

Dom believed that it was possible to protect the environment and the livelihoods of the native people.

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“He is a gifted journalist, and was researching a book yesterday when he disappeared.”

She said, “We are really concerned about him and urge Brazil’s authorities to do everything possible to search the route he was on.”

“Anyone who can increase the resources available to search for this information would be greatly appreciated, as time is critical.

“My other brother and me are very worried here in the UK. We love our brother and would like Bruno Pereira, his Brazilian guide to find him.

“Every minute matters.”

On Monday, the Navy of Brazil dispatched 10 personnel to search for Pereira and Phillips. Brazil’s federal police stated that they are also trying to find the pair.

A spokesperson for Britain’s Foreign Office stated that it was in contact with Brazilian authorities.

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