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Story Publication logo July 5, 2019

Drica: Defending the Territory for Future Generations Means Resisting (Portuguese)

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Image courtesy of Francesc Badia i Dalmases. Brazil, 2018.
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Drica on her way to the community school where she's a teacher. Image by Pablo Albarenga. Brazil, 2019. 
Drica on her way to the community school where she's a teacher. Image by Pablo Albarenga. Brazil, 2019. 

The arrival of our motor boat to the Mãe Domingas quilombo, which is located in a biosphere reservation (the Trombetas River Biological Reservation) and can only be accessed with a special permit from the Chico Mendes Institute for the Conservation of Biodiversity (ICMBio), coincides with the end of a community assembly.

The assembly has voted on a proposal that a logging company has made: it will pay what seems like a fantastic yearly rent for the right to exploit the territory. Someone informs us newcomers about the result of the voting: 15 for the loggers’ proposal, 100 against.

Although the quorum is a modest representation of the six communities - Tapagem, Mãe Cué, Abuí, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Santo Antônio and Paraná do Abuí - which make up the quilombola territory coordinated by the Mãe Domingas association, this is a significant result.

Read the full El Pais article in Portugese here.