“Terra Vermelha” is an ongoing project that documents the growing social crisis in Brazil’s Amazon region.
The Amazon region is enormously rich in resources, an area bigger than the European Union with a population the size of Romania, in the main, terribly poor.
In the Amazon’s main cities, homicides rates are among the highest in the world where the poor live in precarious shantytowns and where drug gangs and militias rule.
Outside of the cities, the world’s highest number of rural, environmental and indigenous activists are killed, crimes which almost always go unpunished, ensuring a cycle of impunity.
Peasants illegally chop down trees on slave wages or work in illegal gold mines, while mega development projects such as dams and mines pollute and destroy local ecosystems and displace populations.
All of these scenarios are driven by the same forces; poverty, weak institutions, corruption and savage self-interest.