Pogust Goodhead continue long running battle with BHP over Mariana dam disaster

December 16, 2022

The Pogust Goodhead team were in court in December to continue our long running battle against BHP over the Mariana dam disaster, Brazil’s worst ever environmental disaster.

Members of the Krenaks, a Brazilian Indigenous Community, also attended the hearing to stand defiant against the world’s largest mining company, BHP.

Mariana Dam Disaster

Seven years on from the Mariana dam collapse that killed 19 people and devastated the lives of multiple communities, the Krenaks believe they are now one step closer to seeking justice for their community after years of fighting the multinational mining giant.

Maykon Krenak said: “BHP came to our country and destroyed thousands of lives and disrespected our nation. Their greed has destroyed generations. We have come to court to show our solidarity with all the victims and to show them that we are all important people who want to be heard.

“There is real joy in the fact that we have made it this far because we believe it has not been a fair fight. BHP have shown no remorse or empathy towards our community, they have caused pain and anguish and shown disregard to all, but contrary to belief we have never given up hope.

“We hope today our fight will be listened to, and we will, ultimately, get justice.”

The Krenaks also went to parliament to share their story with a group of cross-party MPs, Peers and NGOs. They spoke about how their lives were irreparably damaged seven years ago by the Mariana dam disaster, Brazil’s worst environmental disaster.

The Doce River

The MPs, Peers and NGOs were given the opportunity to hear about the lasting impact of the dam collapse on the Doce River and how community leaders were forced to adapt in order to survive.

The Doce River was not just a lifeline providing a clean water supply and offering a means of income via fishing; it was a sacred part of these communities’ way of life.

Pogust Goodhead will continue to fight alongside the 200,000 victims of the dam disaster to ensure that BHP are held to account and that the voices of the victims are finally heard.

To learn more about the Mariana dam disaster and what Pogust Goodhead are doing to help, please visit https://casoinglesmariana.com.br/.

The Pogust Goodhead team were in court to continue our long running battle against BHP over the Mariana dam disaster, Brazil’s worst ever environmental disaster.

Members of the Krenaks, a Brazilian Indigenous Community, also attended the hearing to stand defiant against the world’s largest mining company, BHP.

Mariana Dam Disaster

Seven years on from the Mariana dam collapse that killed 19 people and devastated the lives of multiple communities, the Krenaks believe they are now one step closer to seeking justice for their community after years of fighting the multinational mining giant.

Maykon Krenak said: “BHP came to our country and destroyed thousands of lives and disrespected our nation. Their greed has destroyed generations. We have come to court to show our solidarity with all the victims and to show them that we are all important people who want to be heard.

“There is real joy in the fact that we have made it this far because we believe it has not been a fair fight. BHP have shown no remorse or empathy towards our community, they have caused pain and anguish and shown disregard to all, but contrary to belief we have never given up hope.

“We hope today our fight will be listened to, and we will, ultimately, get justice.”

The Krenaks also went to parliament to share their story with a group of cross-party MPs, Peers and NGOs. They spoke about how their lives were irreparably damaged seven years ago by the Mariana dam disaster, Brazil’s worst environmental disaster.

The Doce River

The MPs, Peers and NGOs were given the opportunity to hear about the lasting impact of the dam collapse on the Doce River and how community leaders were forced to adapt in order to survive.

The Doce River was not just a lifeline providing a clean water supply and offering a means of income via fishing; it was a sacred part of these communities’ way of life.

Pogust Goodhead will continue to fight alongside the 200,000 victims of the dam disaster to ensure that BHP are held to account and that the voices of the victims are finally heard.

To learn more about the Mariana dam disaster and what Pogust Goodhead are doing to help, please visit https://casoinglesmariana.com.br/.

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