How a Mining Disaster Devastated an Indigenous Group in Brazil

In 2015, Brazil experienced the worst environmental disaster in its history when a dam holding mining-industry waste burst and sent a toxic mudslide along the Rio Doce.

The Doce river runs about 530 miles in length through two districts in Minas Gerais and was the provider of life to many, including the Krenak people, who live in small, community settlements along the water. When the dam broke on November 5 of that year, a torrent of mud and toxic minerals killed 17 people, decimating...

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