CHAPTER 01 | TERRA DE NINGUÉM
Terra de Ninguém documents the violent scramble being fought over the Brazilian Amazon’s vast wealth of natural resources: land, timber and minerals.
The title – no man’s land – reflects the generalized sense of lawlessness and desperation in regions where predatory accumulation of land and resources using extreme violence is commonplace. Here, militant landless peasants squatting rural properties live in terror of gunmen employed by powerful land owners who have become the de facto authorities and where justice for murder is rarely settled in court. Logging gangs pillage forest reserves, playing cat and mouse games with underfunded and underequipped environmental enforcement agencies. Meanwhile illegal gold miners hoping to strike it rich tear down trees, dig up forests, pollute rivers and clash with local indigenous populations.