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Indigenous community displaced by dam collapse now fears Covid-19

The Pataxó-hã-hã-hãe community was forced out of their homes after the Brumadinho dam collapse in 2019. Now, they are being plagued by Covid-19

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Pataxó-hã-hã-hã-hãe man stares at the Paraopeba River. Photo: Lucas Hallel/FUNAI

First, they lost the river, their source of water for drinking, cooking, and bathing, and of fish, which formed the cornerstone of their diet. Then, they lost their land, where they planted crops and followed their traditional customs. And now, they run the risk of losing their lives from Covid-19. This is the story of the Pataxó-hã-hã-hães indigenous community, ran out of their homes after the collapse of the Córrego do Feijão tailings dam in January 2019, in the town of Brumadinho, Minas Gerais. 

Before the tragedy, which resulted in the death of almost 300 people, the destruction...

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