Deadly Mud in Brazil

Another burst dam owned by the mining  industry, in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, the Brazilian state to the south of Bahia. This following a virtually identical collapse in Mariana, Minas Gerais three years ago. And another dam is threatening to collapse now.

Death’s scythe is smashing barriers and sweeping forth the mud.

While much of the Brazilian government, or government in Brazil rather, holds skeletal hands with industry…payoffs and bribes…on top of a general culture of complacency and cynical lack of respect for the powerless.

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In Salvador the poor — with no alternative — often build on hillsides covered in massapé, the rich soil that made this area such a prodigious producer of sugarcane, and hence importer of the Africans who would do so much to form the character of Brazil. This mud kills too.

So the subject of a wonderful short story by cabra Ben Paris.

Massapé