For decades, people affected in Brazil have been demonstrating against agro-hydro-mining, which destroys nature, communities, stories and lives. Now, eight years after the collapse of the Fundão dam in Mariana, Minas Gerais, the people affected are walking for fair reparations and their rights in the “Journey of Struggles” of the people affected in Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo, which began in August in Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, which is the largest city in the Rio Doce basin, and went on to Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais, and Vitória, the capital of Espírito Santo. The main agenda of the day is “the struggle for a renegotiation with popular participation”.

With the slogan “It’s time to move forward! Affected people fighting for rights”. Affected people from Espírito Santo, organized by the Movement of Dam-Affected People (Movimento dos Atingidos por Barragem – MAB), will be in Brasilia from November 4th to 7th. It will be a nationwide mobilization and will include more than 3,000 affected people from all over Brazil. From Espírito Santo, 10 buses will leave, joining the caravans with the aim of forwarding the document “People’s Demands” to the Presidency of the Republic. The date also marks the eight-year anniversary of the collapse of the Fundão Dam on November 5.

The people are preparing to deliver their demands to the President of the Republic, organized in documents developed by the Independent Technical Advisory (Assessoria Técnica Independente – ATI) based on the demands collected in almost 10 months of work. Highlights included the approval of the National Policy on the Rights of People Affected by Dams (Política Nacional de Direitos das Populações Atingidas por Barragens – PNAB), compensation and floods. To date, there is no legal framework to protect affected populations in cases of dam failure, incidents, construction, planning and operation in Brazil and Espírito Santo.

Background:

Almost eight years after the collapse of the Samarco dam, considered one of the biggest socio-technological disasters in the world, those affected report that the problems resulting from the arrival of the mud have only increased. Thousands of families were not recognized as affected and few were compensated, most of them receiving unfair amounts. It is important to remember that even those who did not have their homes invaded by the mud were affected, and the entire population of Espírito Santo suffered significant impacts, whether on the economy, tourism, the environment, access to water, health and community relations.

During this period, the affected population has been organizing itself into groups of affected people, debating their agendas and carrying out various activities to make demands. With each activity, you can see the devastation that still persists in the daily lives of these people. Even in the face of the difficulties that have accumulated over the last critical political period, those affected have been excited and enthusiastic about organizing and continuing the fight for their rights, organizing themselves in the MAB so that, through popular pressure, their demands can be met.

Other agendas will be presented by those affected:

  • Auxiliary program: “Rio Doce without Hunger”: provision of a monthly amount for all affected families to participate in the reparation process;
  • Popular fund for those affected: implementation of programs and proposals for the development of affected communities;
  • Continuity of the Independent Technical Advisory Services: support with qualified information for the Affected Parties in the reparation process;
  • Priority for women in programs;
  • Revitalization of the Doce River and contaminated areas for environmental remediation: “Doce River Alive! Clean Water!”
  • Maintaining CIF Deliberation 58: reiterating the recognition of the Espírito Santo coastline and the enforcement of the rights of those affected in this area;
  • Programs to repair damage to the population’s physical and mental health;
  • End the Renova Foundation: reorganize the framework for the participation of those affected in the reparation process without the participation of Foundations.

Other information:

To find out more about how to take part in the “Journey of Struggles” in Brasilia, contact the Adai teams in the territories or via the social networks @adaibrasil.

www.instagram.com/adaibrasil

www.facebook.com/adaibrasi

Campaigns

A campaign of solidarity and support for the struggle of those affected is being launched to raise funds to contribute to the logistics and finances of the people’s struggles. That’s the page:

Contribute to the campaign:

There will also be a collection and solidarity campaign to complement the conditions with a financial contribution (10 reais + food or hygiene items and/or materials for the Ciranda).

Mobilization

Take part in the struggle yourself, look for the MAB team in your area and find out how to go or contribute to the struggle of those going on the journey. Or contact one of Adai’s offices for more information.

Adai Technical Advisory offices in Espírito Santo:

  • BAIXO GUANDU:

Address: Rua Antônio Sampaio, 89 – Centro

Franklin Santos – Territorial Coordination: (27) 99718-5722

Paulyene Nogueira – Mobilization management: (27) 99835-0753

  • COLATINA

Address: Avenida Getúlio Vargas, 11 – Centro

Hugo Rocha- Territorial Coordination: (27) 99789-3670

Elda Alvarenga – Mobilization management: (27) 99831-2397

  • MACRORREGIÃO LITORAL NORTE

Address: Rua Montanha, 459 – Guriri Sul – São Mateus

Saritha Vattathara – Territorial Coordination: (27) 99612-1248

Maria Jessika – Mobilization management: (27) 99845-7089

  • LINHARES

Address: Avenida Presidente Garrastazu Médici, 240 Novo Horizonte (BNH)

Moisés Santos – Territorial Coordination: (27) 99687-9405

Ana Cristina Sanchaes – Mobilization management: (27) 99775-4167

  • POVOAÇÃO

Address: Avenida Caboclo Bernardo, 200

Luana Hanauer – Territorial Coordination: (27) 99839-7333

Jane Rosa da Silva – Mobilization management: (27) 99723-8279

  • REGÊNCIA

Address: Avenida Norberto Matheus Souza, s/n

Mauro Rodrigues – Territorial Coordination: (27) 99693-3408

Jane Rosa da Silva – Mobilization management: (27) 99723-8279

Publication date: Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Project: Rio Doce Advisory – Espírito Santo