| Mongabay Series: Indigenous Peoples and Conservation, Land rights and extractives |
| by Jenny Gonzales on 22 February 2022 |
Major U.S. and Brazilian financial institutions continue to underwrite the destruction of the Amazon by financing mining companies pushing to operate in Indigenous territories, a new report says.
The 20 institutional investors plowed a combined $54.1 billion into nine mining conglomerates — including giants Vale, Anglo American, Belo Sun, AngloGold Ashanti and Rio Tinto — between 2016 and October 2021, according to the report.
The mining companies, which include Vale, Anglo American and Rio Tinto, have records of environmental destruction and human rights violations in Brazil and elsewhere, and several already operate close to Indigenous lands in Brazil, polluting rivers and harming the health of native communities.
Vale dam disaster: $7bn compensation for disaster victims
'He never came back'
"My husband left home for work in the morning, said 'God be with you', as he always did," Sirley Gonçalves told the BBC a few days after the accident.
Communities hit by a dam disaster in Brazil two years ago which killed 270 people will get a $7bn (£5bn) payout.
The muddy sludge buried the dam's cafeteria where hundreds of workers were eating
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