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Story Publication logo June 12, 2019

A Life Against Hydroelectric (Spanish)

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An Indigenous Rikbaktsa woman cleaning on the banks of the Arinos River, north of Mato Grosso. Although the project of the Castanheira plant ensures that the various Indigenous lands, including the Apiaka, Rikibaktsa, Kaiabi, Munduruku and Tapajuna, would not be affected by the flood, the hydrographic alteration would leave the entire village deprived of resources it depends on so much for their subsistence food and for their sacred rituals.
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The region of the Arino and Peixes rivers in Juará, in the north of Mato Grosso state is threatened...

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A boat navigates the Arinos River in October. Image by Pablo Albarenga. Brazil, 2018.
A boat navigates the Arinos River in October. Image by Pablo Albarenga. Brazil, 2018.

"My life is the defense of this place," says Eduardo Morimã, a native of the Apiaka ethnic group who lives in the Mayrob village, in the municipality of Juara, north of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. Located in the heart of this country, it is an eye of the hurricane of Amazon deforestation resulting from intensive cattle ranching and monocultures of soy, corn and cotton that draw an agricultural belt in the south of the Amazon. Beyond the impacts on the flora and fauna of the rivers involved, as well as the displaced populations, the construction of hundreds of hydroelectric plants would aggravate deforestation rates in the region.

This story was published in the Spanish-language publication, El País. Read the story in Spanish here