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Joelma doesn’t know whether her plants are poisonous after the mining dam break

“We feel outraged, helpless“, says Joelma, who cultivates plants on an island in the Rio Doce to feed her family. But this private island is no refuge anymore as the river is poisoned and the community split in the aftermath of the disaster.

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Date Taken: 06.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Ilha Bravy, Governador Valadares, Brazil
Copyright: © Thomas Byczkowski