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Indigenous leaders in Brazil raise the alarm about widespread illegal mining

A group of indigenous leaders in Brazil are raising the alarm about the widespread illegal mining taking place in the country’s indigenous territory, as documented in aerial photos showing vast mining camps on their land.
A group of indigenous leaders in Brazil are raising the alarm about the widespread illegal mining taking place in the country’s indigenous territory, as documented in aerial photos showing vast mining camps on their land. © France 24

For several months, indigenous people in the northern Brazilian state of Roraima have been denouncing the risks posed by gold miners on the Raposa Serra do Sol indigenous land. Their presence has been documented thanks to aerial images by the Indigenous Council of Roraima, which is calling on the authorities to take action.