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Story Publication logo September 29, 2022

Radio: Jonathan Franzen's America (French)


gold mining in Brazil

In the Brazilian Amazon, at the Venezuelan Border, the Yanomami people are facing a ruthless...

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In the Brazilian Amazon, near the Venezuelan border, the Yanomami people are facing a ruthless invasion from illegal gold miners destroying their territory.

The soaring price of gold and the favorable politic from the current Brazilian government toward the exploitation of the Amazon has attracted an estimated 20,000 miners on Indigenous land.

The presence of the Garimpeiros has greatly disrupted the social organization of the Yanomami society by corrupting youngsters with alcohol and bringing hunger and diseases to their land.

This report is by Jean-Mathieu Albertini, produced with the support of the Rainforest Journalism fund, in partnership with the Pulitzer Center.

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