From International Rivers Latin America Team

The worst dam disaster in the world in the last decade. This January 25, 2022 marks three years since the collapse of the Córrego do Feijão tailings dam, in Brumadinho, Brazilian city.

Check the exclusive Photo Gallery that International Rivers and MAB (Movement Of People Affected by Dams – in portuguese Movimento dos Atingidos por Barragens) created to denounce Vale company’s impunity and show solidarity with the struggle of those affected.

There were 12 million m3 of mining waste dumped into the Paraopeba River, killing 272 people
Photo: Francisco Van Steen Proner Ramos
There is still no person formally charged with the death of the 272 people in the Vale dam rupture, in Brumadinho (MG), in 2019.
Art: Os Gêmeos
The crimes that took place in Brumadinho, in the Paraopeba river basin, and in Mariana, in the Doce river basin, were not isolated cases, accidents or by chance. They are part of a mining model that is destructive and only for profit.
Photo: Isis Medeiros
By 2021, Vale was the most valuable company in Latin America. Even after Mariana and Brumadinho, the company continues to profit, including from the upstream dams, the sluggishness of justice and the State is decisive.
Photo: Isis Medeiros
There are now more than 2.5 million people affected by dams in Brazil, by mining, water or energy generation tailings dams, yet there is no law that guarantees the rights of these populations.
Photo: Ricardo Stuckert
MG is the state that has the most dams with high damage potential: there are 132 of a total of 200 cataloged by the National Mining Agency. Vale and its subsidiaries have 59 dams in this category, including those in Brumadinho. Photo: Greenpeace
Brazil doesn’t forget Mariana, doesn’t forget Brumadinho, our tragedies are part of our trajectory, remembering is fighting so they don’t happen again.
Photo: Joka Madruga

Featured Photo: This January 25, 2022 marks three years since the collapse of the Córrego do Feijão tailings dam, in Brumadinho. Photo: Ricardo Stuckert