Sunday, June 5, 2011

Brazil's shame

Kayapo Chief Raoni weeps over the Belo Monte dam, which will flood his tribe's lands
along the Xingu River. Picture from the Support Chief Raoni Facebook Page.

Check out Rhett Butler's article on to learn more about the Belo Monte dam and how this will displace more than 16, 000 people by flooding 40,000 hectares of rainforest.  It is a sad day for Brazil. 


  1. I read another article about this picture which stated that the weeping was a tradition when meeting someone you haven't seen in a long time. Chief Raoni said his response to the dam was not to weep, but to fight. Unfortunately, the state always wins those fights.

  2. Very interesting- thank you for your comment.