Rural Amazon Violence Rises Amid Bureaucracy Over Land Titles

For a farmer in Brazil's Amazon, Manoel Freire Camurca was doing pretty well for himself until a local power broker burned down his house and took the surrounding fields he had poured his life into. Camurca's eviction eight months ago happened as officials were finalizing his claim to 500 hectares of land in southwestern Amazonas state where he had spent nearly three decades growing corn, sugar and beans. "I lost everything," 61-year-old Camurca told the Thomson Reuters Foundation,...

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