Illegal mining sparks malaria outbreak in Indigenous territories in Brazil

A letter from Jacareacanga City Hall, obtained exclusively by Mongabay/InfoAmazonia, asks the Evandro Chagas Institute for help because of a “major outbreak of malaria” in the municipality’s indigenous lands and points out that the increase in cases is related to illegal mining in the region. The municipality is home to the Munduruku, Kayabi, and Sai Cinza indigenous lands.

Encouraged by Bolsonaro, mining requests on indigenous lands reach record numbers in 2020

Exclusive survey reveals 145 requests filed with the National Mining Agency as of November 3, the highest number in 24 years. A bill presented by President Bolsonaro would legalize activities currently prohibited by the Constitution.

‘Do I deserve to die for speaking on behalf of a people?’

Eronilde Fermin is the chief of the Omágua Kambeba in São Paulo de Olivença, in the Brazilian Amazon. The following is an account of the struggle of unequal forces she faces when trying to guarantee indigenous education, medical care during the pandemic, and protection against invaders

‘Defending the jungle is defending community life,‘ says leader from Ecuadorian Amazon

Rosa Aranda faces two miseries. One in her own body: she was infected by Covid-19. The other is the historical pollution generated by the oil industry, which threatens the territory in which she lives, Piwiri, in the Ecuadorian Amazon forest.

Agência Pública

An investigation on how large enterprises are changing the face of the Amazon region and the lives of its inhabitants. The news team of the Public Agency (Agência Pública) for Investigative Journalism went to three regions of the Amazon to understand the new wave of developmentalism. Between the months of July and October 2012, they traveled the mining pole in Maraba (PA), the Tapajós River Basin, and Porto Velho and the dams of the Madeira river.


Stories by “Agência Pública” - Page 4

  • Juriti Pact

    12/10/2012 clip Agência Pública

    The negotiation between the Alcoa multinational and western riparians of state of Pará generated an unprecedented agreement by “loss and damage”, but there are still doubts about the viability of the model.

  • The river of gold and soy

    12/10/2012 clip Agência Pública

    Beyond discussions on hydropower, the Tapajós river lives on mining issues – legal or illegal – and the expansion of agribusiness.

  • Video: Tapajós in trance

    12/10/2012 clip Agência Pública

    This video presents the second report in the series Public Amazonia on the hydroelectric project in the Tapajós River.

  • Video: Raging River

    12/05/2012 clip Agência Pública

    The video shows the second article in the series Amazonia Pública, about hydroelectrics on Madeira River:

  • Workers who stopped the progress

    12/05/2012 clip Agência Pública

    Protagonists of strikes that gained national prominence, the workers who build the plants in Rondônia still living under pressure and risk of accidents.

  • Megawatts War

    12/03/2012 clip Agência Pública

    While companies fight to extract maximum energy from the Madeira River, the local population is at the mercy of the complex consequences of the works.

  • Raging river

    12/03/2012 clip Agência Pública

    Waves swallow homes, fishes appear dead, while fishermen suffer from hunger. The Santo Antonio hydroelectric changed the river and life in Rondonia.

  • Life in transit

    12/03/2012 clip Agência Pública

    In the midst of works in Rondonia, thousands of men and women meet and grow apart, and the money disappears with the same speed that comes mixed with sex, violence and lack of public agencies.


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