Aerial photos show the devastation of the controversial Brazil gold rush

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Aerial images of the Amazon published in a new report reveal the devastating consequences of mining one of the world’s largest gold reserves, which sits on indigenous lands.

Earlier this month, the indigenous Karipuna people filed a lawsuit against Brazil and the province of Rondônia, reported Greenpeace International, which analyzed publicly available data to reveal 31 land registers that fully or partially overlap with land borders. protected by the indigenous Karipuna people.

“We have been fighting against the destruction of our territory for years, it is now time for the court to hold the state responsible for ensuring the protection of our house, so that we can soon live in peace, according to our customs and traditions”, said Adriano. Karipuna, leader of the indigenous Karipuna people, in the statement.


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Deforestation and gold mining are two of the biggest threats to the Amazon approaching a tipping point, after which the damage would be irreversible and the tropical forest could cease to be maintained. Indigenous peoples protect about a quarter of the rainforest, which contains between a quarter and a third of the carbon absorbed by the rainforest, but they are often excluded from environmental efforts. The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has increased deforestation nearly 10% in Brazil, the highest rate since 2008.

“What shocked me was its enormity,” said Christian Braga, the Amazon-based photographer who took the recent images of a Greenpeace turboprop aircraft, told the Guardian. “We knew these mines existed. All of Brazil knows that there are gold mines in Yanomami land. But we haven’t understood the true scale and economic value of these mines. These mines are prosperous. These mines are worth millions. … It’s really scary. They are just huge.


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The Supreme Court of Brazil ordered President Jair Bolsonaro to take action after a series of attacks against the indigenous Yanomami community in northern Brazil, which resulted in the deaths of two children.

“Enough of genocide. Enough of the slaughter ”, Alessandra Korap, a leader of the Munduruku people, tell the world. “Enough of destroying our rivers and killing our forest. You have to leave. We are from here. We live here. We cannot leave and we will not leave. The Supreme Court must do something urgently.


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