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.
Volunteers from Christian Aid partner MAB (Movement of People Affected by Dams) at a demonstration one month after the dam burst. Photo: Rodrigo Zaim/Christian Aid
Christian Aid partner MAB (Movement of People Affected by Dams) in Brumadinho. Activists have moved to the region to support local communities. Photo: Rodrigo Zaim/Christian Aid
Atamaio Ferreira, inhabitant of the Community where mining dam burst. Atamaio lost his sister-in-law and sister in the disaster. His sister’s body was missing for 45 days of agony, until it was finally found on March 12th. Photo: Rodrigo Zaim/Christian Aid
Demonstration in Brumadinho on Feburary 25th, after 1 Month of mining dam burst. By then 206 people were confirmed dead and 102 missing. The communities are facing contaminated water, loss of income and struggling for due compensation. Photo: Rodrigo Zaim/Christian Aid
Community assembly in Corrego do Feijão, affected by burst of mining dam at Brumandinho. Negotiations for compensation by mining company Vale are being led with support of public attorney and the Movement of People Affected by Dams. Despite legal decision, still no compensation has been delivered. Photo: Rodrigo Zaim/Christian Aid