In Sept 2017, seven attackers armed with pistols and iron bars surrounded a 66-year-old Afro-Brazilian priestess, Mãe Carmen, when she was returning from the market. They ordered her companions to get on the ground and two of the attackers held them at gunpoint while the others followed her into her terreiro (place of worship). They ordered her to destroy the terreiro saying “burn everything, break everything,” and “the blood of Jesus has power.” They called her a "witch" and a "sorceress." After the terreiro had been destroyed, some of the neighbors applauded this attack and shook hands with the perpetrators.
This is just one of hundreds of assaults that have been carried out against practitioners of Afro-Brazilian religions in the last few years. However, the media and human rights groups rarely report these attacks. The International Commission to Combat Religious Racism (ICCRR) was founded to study and combat intolerance against minority religions-- especially religions that come from Africa.
Through over 800 hours of volunteer labor (research, transcription and translation), the ICCRR has built a database and interactive map of 300 cases of intolerance against Afro-Brazilian religions. (See the map and database) However, there are hundreds of cases of discrimination and attacks on these religions that remain undocumented. We need your help to continue our work. Please donate to our organization and help us fund additional research and events about discrimination against minority religions.