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Story Publication logo June 25, 2019

Drica: Defending Territory for Future Generations Means Resistance (Spanish)


Image courtesy of Francesc Badia i Dalmases. Brazil, 2018.
(Spanish) Drica camino a la escuela de la comunidad de Tapagem, donde es profesora de alumnos de cinco y seis años. Image by Pablo Albarenga.
Image by Pablo Albarenga. Brazil, 2020.

The arrival of the boat to the quilombo (settlements where black ex-slaves were sheltered) called Mãe Domingas, which can only be accessed by obtaining a special permit from the Chico Mendes Institute for the Conservation of Biodiversity (ICMBio) because it is inside the Río Trombetas Biological Reserve (Rebio) in the Brazilian Amazon, coincides with the end of a consultation posed to an assembly.

The vote was called after having debated a proposal from a timber company for exploiting the territory in exchange for a rent or payment that seems highly appealing. Someone communicates the outcome of the vote to those who have just arrived: 15 in favor of the company's proposal, 100 against. Even though this is just a modest representation of the populations living in six communities - Tapagem, Mãe Cué, Abuí, Sagrado Coração de Jesus, Santo Antônio, and Paraná do Abuí - that make up the elongated quilombola territory covered by the Mãe Domingas associations that Drica coordinates, this result is significant.

Read the full story in Spanish on the El Pais website.