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Tribe in Brazil sees high rate of youth suicide

The Kaiowa Tribe of Brazil is experiencing a rate of suicide rate 27 times the national average in Brazil.

Last year, 54 members of the tribe took their lives. Based on a membership of 30,000, that corresponds to a suicide rate of 180 per 100,000. Brazil's rate is 6.5 per 100,000.

So far this year, three youths have committed suicide on the Bororo Reservation, where unemployment is high and poverty is rampant. Due to a reduced land base, tribal members are no longer able to farm and must look for work away from the reservation.

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Young Brazilian Indians Find Suicide Only Way Out (The Washington Post 4/14)