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The Amazon's Invisible War (Portuguese)

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An expedition to Resex Guariba Roosevelt, in Mato Grosso, through the Brazilian Amazon wildness, to...

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The forest and the farm near the Roosevelt River, Brazil. Image by Caio Mota. Brazil, 2019.
The forest and the farm near the Roosevelt River, Brazil. Image by Caio Mota. Brazil, 2019.

There is a tension that escapes journalistic narrative and is hidden beneath the trees of the Amazon, a duel between fear and bravery. Along with police reports that eventually provide a record of massacres in the northern part of Mato Grosso, on the triple border with Amazonas and Rondônia, covered by the Amazon forest, there is a struggle between preserving and converting the forest.

The beginning of this journey is in Aripuanã, a fertile and rich area where one can really get the sense of scale and grandeur of native vegetation and be dazzled by the richness of natural resources of the Amazon region. But in the same city, one can see how the greed of predatory capitalism can lead to a series of events involving death and destruction.

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Há um suspense que escapa à narrativa jornalística e se esconde por debaixo das árvores da Amazônia, um duelo entre o medo e a bravura. Ao largo dos noticiários policiais que registram eventualmente os grandes massacres na região norte de Mato Grosso, na tríplice fronteira com Amazonas e Rondônia, coberta pelas matas amazônicas, existe a luta para preservar e converter a floresta.

O início dessa jornada é Aripuanã, um fértil e rico local, onde já é possível dimensionarmos a vegetação nativa da região amazônica e nos deslumbrarmos com a grandeza de seus recursos naturais.  Além das belezas, na cidade é possível percebermos como a cobiça do capitalismo predatório leva a um enredo de mortes e destruição.

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