Movement of People Affected by Dams


Remembering Dilma Ferreira on the first anniversary of her murder

Dilma was Coordinator of the Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB) in Tucuruí, northern Brazil.

On 22 March 2019, Dilma Ferreira was brutally murdered in her home, together with her partner, Claudionor Costa da Silva, and neighbor, Milton Lopes. In celebration and remembrance of her life and struggle, Real World Radio interviewed Soniamara Maranho, Tchenna Maso and Cleidiane Vieria, fellow Coordinators at MAB. We asked  … Read more

“We need national policies for people affected by dams”

Day of struggle of people affected by dams. Interview with Diana Giraldo from the Ríos Vivos Movement in Colombia

14 March marks the Day of Struggle of people affected by dams. The Latin American Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAR) is growing and taking its motto to different places around the world: “Water and energy are not commodities! Water for Life, not for death!”. In the midst of  … Read more

“The hardest part is knowing that Vale continues operating”

Friends of the Earth International, with delegates from Brazil and its Economic Justice Program, demand justice in Brumadinho

During the march of people affected by mining company Vale in Brumadinho (Brazil) held by the Brazilian Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB) from 20-25 January, during the first anniversary of the worst socioenvironmental crime in this South American country, Real World Radio interviewed activist Leticia Paranhos, co-coordinator of  … Read more

Hope, Outrage and Courage on the First Anniversary of Brumadinho Dam Disaster

Minas Gerais Public Prosecutor's Office charges Vale company with homicide and environmental crimes in Brumadinho

On 24 January, the eve of the first anniversary of mining company Vale’s crimes in Brumadinho, human rights defender Leonardo Boff expressed his solidarity with the 270 victims and their families. The theologian, philosopher and writer participated in an international seminar, ‘One year after the crime committed by Vale in  … Read more

“They have turned our community into a cemetery”

Thousands of people remembered the 272 victims of the crime committed by Vale in Brumadinho (Brazil)

At 12:28 on 25 January, 2019, Dam 1 of the Córrego do Feijão mine, containing 12,000,000 cubic meters of toxic mud, collapsed and spilled the mud over 9 kilometers to the city of Brumadinho (Minas Gerais) and then along the path of the Paraopeba River. The Brazilian Movement of People  … Read more

Healing through the struggle for Human Rights

Heavy metal poisoning, depression and breathing problems: some of the many health issues reported after Brumadinho dam collapse

Lead, mercury, cadmium and zinc are just some of the heavy metals found in the toxic mud left over from mining activities. Government officials in Minas Gerais, Brazil, identified levels of these metals up to 21 times above the acceptable metal in the mud that spread through Brumadinho and the  … Read more

People affected by Brumadinho dam disaster protest outside Minas Gerais court

800 people, including Brazilian and international activists and those directly affected by the dam collapse, demand justice

The Brazilian Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB) launched on 20 January a week of activities for the Days of Struggle (“Jornadas de Lucha”) to mark the first anniversary of corporate crimes committed by mining company Vale in Brumadinho, Brazil. Hundreds of people affected by mining and hydroelectric dams  … Read more

Brumadinho: one million people affected

A year after the largest environmental crime in Brazil, the people affected will mobilize to expose the impunity

“This is the second crime of this type. Brumadinho has been worse than Mariana. How many more crimes will it take to rethink the mining paradigm?” Moisés Borges, member of the National Coordination of the Movement of Peoples Affected by Dams (MAB) told Real World Radio.  The MAB is getting  … Read more

Movement of People Affected by Dams calls out new crime by Vale

By MAB

Once again history repeats itself as a tragedy. On one side, Vale SA, a major worldwide mining company, and on the other, the Brazilian people gathering bodies sunken in the mud of criminal enterprises. This January 25 will be marked by the breaking of three iron-ore tailings dams at the Córrego do Feijão Mine, part  … Read more