April 6, 2012
Dam construction on the Teles Pires River in Mato Grosso, January 2012.
A federal judge has suspended the construction license of the Teles Pires hydroelectric dam in the Brazilian Amazon, saying the permitting process violated the rights of indigenous people protected under the Brazilian Constitution.
In her ruling, Judge Celia Regina Ody Bernardes, a federal judge in the state of Mato Grosso, sided with federal public prosecutors and public prosecutors from Mato Grosso and the state of Pará who argued the dam would cause “imminent and irreversible damage to the quality of life and cultural heritage of indigenous peoples of the region.”
The dam would flooding a series of rapids on the Teles Pires River known as Sete Quedas, or Seven Waterfalls, the spawning grounds of fish of great importance to the indigenous residents.
February 21, 2012
Mario Osava – IPS, 02/21/2012
Santo Antonio hydroelectric plant construction site in October 2010. (Credit:Mario Osava/IPS)
Pierre was in the next-door country of Dominican Republic when the January 2010 earthquake destroyed half of Port-au-Prince and killed at least 200,000 of his fellow Haitians, including his wife and his mother.
His two sons, ages 13 and 14, survived. He left them with friends when he came to Brazil.
But his tragedy did not end there. His younger son later died of hunger. Now, in despair, he sends his surviving son whatever is left over from his wages at his job loading trucks. Meanwhile, he is doing everything he can to bring the boy to his new place in the world, in Porto Velho, the capital of the state of Rondônia in northwest Brazil.