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Those who sow in tears, will reap with songs of joy

terça-feira, 5 de janeiro de 2016

It was a year of tears and seeds for the community of Piquiá de Baixo.

Many already know the proud, strong and firm struggle of this community in the municipality of Açailândia, Maranhão, Brazil. Almost thirty years suffering the devastating effects of pollution cycle in its mining and steel region, the inhabitants began more organized to denounce government neglect and responsibilities of industry, claiming – to begin with – the collective resettlement in an area free of pollution.


terça-feira, 28 de abril de 2015

PIQUIA DE BAIXO, AÇAILANDIA, Brazil — In the foreground, lilies on the placid river formed a bucolic Amazon scene. Then a freight train rattled over the towering viaduct above, the pig-iron plants breathed smoke above the trees and the acrid bite of polluted air bit the back of the throat...

Iron Dust and Socio-Economic Inequality in Brazil

terça-feira, 27 de maio de 2014

Although at the macroeconomic level Brazil has done a remarkable job at improving its economic stability and standing in the world, it’s important to remember that not everybody benefits from the “success” of development and growth. Take the case of the residents of Piquiá de Baixo in the northeastern state of Maranhão...

Wiping the Iron Dust Off Their Feet in Small Brazilian Town

terça-feira, 22 de abril de 2014

by Fabiola Ortiz
Source: International Press Service

RIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 26 2012 (IPS) - The 380 families living in Piquiá de Baixo, a small town in the northeastern Brazilian state of Maranhão, are fed up with having to endure high levels of pollution from nearby steelworks in their water, air and soil.

A mining colossus against the right to housing, land and environment

domingo, 23 de fevereiro de 2014

Mines, roads, steel and iron industries, ports and dams at the cost of people’s life and their right to housing and territories. Vale is the second biggest Brazilian multinational...

Piquiá de Baixo: outraged and in solidarity for not dying by steelworks!

domingo, 23 de fevereiro de 2014

"Your time is up, Açailândia Mayor!" This was the message that more than a thousand inhabitants of the Piquiá de Baixo neighborhood conveyed through two protests which took place on July 18th. The residents, indeed, do not want to die from pollution, and are hoping that politicians follow through with their responsibilities...

Piquiá de Baixo, Brazil: 1,100 people’ life at risk

domingo, 23 de fevereiro de 2014

About 380 families (1,100 people) live for about 40 years in Piquiá de Baixo, Açailândia, Maranhão State, Amazon Region, Brazil. Since the arrival of the iron and steel industry in 1987, they have been affected by five pig-iron plants [1]...

The world supports Piquiá de Baixo

terça-feira, 28 de janeiro de 2014

The drama of Piquiá de Baixo is known by many countries in the world; international institutions researched and reported this conflict; an international campaign received the support of people from over 50 different nations. International solidarity is very important for the struggle of Piquiá and for the affirmation of the right to housing and a dignified life.