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Brazilian Indigenous Groups and Others Demand Justice in Lawsuit over 2015 Mariana Dam Disaster

HeadlineJul 28, 2020

In Britain, a trial is underway over the 2015 Mariana dam collapse in Minas Gerais, Brazil, which killed 19 people and destroyed nearby villages as mudflow with millions of tons of toxic mining waste blanketed nearby villages. The Samarco mine was owned by Brazilian company Vale and Anglo-Australian multinational BHP, which is being sued by over 200,000 Brazilian individuals, local governments and organizations, including Indigenous tribes whose lands were decimated by the disaster. This is Guaraní Indigenous chief Kara’i Peru.

Kara’i Peru: “What we had, they took everything. They finished it off. With what they did in our river, it ended everything for us. How are we going to survive with this polluted river? They have already killed us.”

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