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The Railway Project That Faces Settlers and Indigenous Groups (Spanish)

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Image by Heriberto Araújo. Brazil, 2019.
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In Novo Progresso, a city in Pará that survives on gold mining, a monument honoring "garimpeiros" (small-scale gold prospectors) has been erected—despite the impacts that this kind of extractive activity, which uses mercury, can have on the environment. Image by Melissa Chan. Brazil, 2019.
In Novo Progresso, a city in Pará that survives on gold mining, a monument honoring 'garimpeiros' (small-scale gold prospectors) has been erected—despite the impacts that this kind of extractive activity, which uses mercury, can have on the environment. Image by Melissa Chan. Brazil, 2019.
Kayapo leader Dotô Takakire is one of the main critics of the Ferrogrão 'grain train' due to its projected environmental impacts. Image by Heriberto Araújo. Brazil, 2019.
Kayapo leader Dotô Takakire is one of the main critics of the Ferrogrão "grain train" due to its projected environmental impacts. Image by Heriberto Araújo. Brazil, 2019.
Nelore livestock in a pasture established where Amazon rainforest once stood in the state of Pará. Image by Heriberto Araújo. Brazil, 2019.
Nelore livestock in a pasture established where Amazon rainforest once stood in the state of Pará. Image by Heriberto Araújo. Brazil, 2019.
In Novo Progresso, a city in Pará that survives on gold mining, a monument honoring 'garimpeiros' (small-scale gold prospectors) has been erected—despite the impacts that this kind of extractive activity, which uses mercury, can have on the environment. Image by Melissa Chan. Brazil, 2019.
In Novo Progresso, a city in Pará that survives on gold mining, a monument honoring "garimpeiros" (small-scale gold prospectors) has been erected—despite the impacts that this kind of extractive activity, which uses mercury, can have on the environment. Image by Melissa Chan. Brazil, 2019.
Highway BR-163, used to transport soy, transects the forest in the state of Pará. The 'grain train' (Ferrograo) is meant to advance in parallel to this road, instigating fears of deforestation. Image by Melissa Chan. Brazil, 2019.
Highway BR-163, used to transport soy, transects the forest in the state of Pará. The "grain train" (Ferrograo) is meant to advance in parallel to this road, instigating fears of deforestation. Image by Melissa Chan. Brazil, 2019. 
Two young truck drivers who transport soy via highway BR-163 fear the impact of the 'grain train' on their jobs -- the railway promises to cut the costs of transporting product. Image by Heriberto Araújo. Brazil, 2019.
Two young truck drivers who transport soy via highway BR-163 fear the impact of the "grain train" on their jobs -- the railway promises to cut the costs of transporting product. Image by Heriberto Araújo. Brazil, 2019.
Beef production is the preliminary step to establishing fields of soy in the Brazilian Amazon. Here, a herd of Nelore cows in the state of Pará. Brazil is the world's largest exporter of animal protein. Image by Heriberto Araújo. Brazil, 2019.
Beef production is the preliminary step to establishing fields of soy in the Brazilian Amazon. Here, a herd of Nelore cows in the state of Pará. Brazil is the world's largest exporter of animal protein. Image by Heriberto Araújo. Brazil, 2019.
Gold trading shops are in abundance in Novo Progresso, where 5,000 artisanal gold miners look for the precious metal using techniques that result in pollution. Image by Heriberto Araújo. Brazil, 2019.
Gold trading shops are in abundance in Novo Progresso, where 5,000 artisanal gold miners look for the precious metal using techniques that result in pollution. Image by Heriberto Araújo. Brazil, 2019.
A view of the city Novo Progresso, described sometimes as the 'Wild West' due to its violence and conflict over land. Image by Heriberto Araújo. Brazil, 2019.
A view of the city Novo Progresso, described sometimes as the "Wild West" due to its violence and conflict over land. Image by Heriberto Araújo. Brazil, 2019.
Lines of trucks on highway BR-163 on their way to the Tapajós River, where the soy is transferred via barges for export. Image by Heriberto Araújo. Brazil, 2019.
Lines of trucks on highway BR-163 on their way to the Tapajós River, where the soy is transferred via barges for export. Image by Heriberto Araújo. Brazil, 2019.
Members of the military work to pave highway BR-163 -- one of Jair Bolsonaro's promises to the agroindustrial sector, which provided crucial support in the 2018 elections. Image by Heriberto Araújo. Brazil, 2019.
Members of the military work to pave highway BR-163—one of Jair Bolsonaro's promises to the agroindustrial sector, which provided crucial support in the 2018 elections. Image by Heriberto Araújo. Brazil, 2019.
A truck filled with soy travels over an unpaved section of the BR-163 highway near the Tapajós River. Image by Heriberto Araújo. Brazil, 2019.
A truck filled with soy travels over an unpaved section of the BR-163 highway near the Tapajós River. Image by Heriberto Araújo. Brazil, 2019.