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Brumadinho: a gallery of destruction

212 killed, 93 still missing. The terrible toll, its victims and the calls for justice.


On 25 January 2019 a huge tailings dam at the Feijão iron ore mine, near Brumadinho, in Minas Gerais, Brazil, collapsed suddenly and catastrophically. The resulting wave of toxic sludge engulfed part of the mine workings, a packed workers’ canteen, and rushed down into the Paraopeba river, washing away houses, cattle, mine personnel and people living close to the river banks. The number of bodies identified stood at 212 as of 21 March, with a further 93 still missing.

Christian Aid is supporting communities and providing emergency aid through local partners such as MAB (Movement of People Affected by Dams) . Photographer Rodrigo Zaim has produced these stunning images for Christian Aid, which tell an important part of the story. Click on an image for image gallery.

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