On November 5th of 2015, a tailings dam, owned by the mining company Samarco, collapsed in Minas Gerais, Brazil.
It released a tsunami of toxic mud which took over the Doce River and traveled for over 400 miles – from the Fundão dam until the Atlantic Ocean, crossing two entire states (Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo) – burying 2 entire subdistricts, killing the existing ecosystem and affecting other communities along the way.
Amongst the two subdistricts that vanished under mud – Bento Rodrigues, Paracatu de Baixo -, approximately 344 families homes were buried and 19 innocent people died. Those families used to have a rural life, in which they would farm what they ate, and used to live in a very communal and peaceful environment. Having lost everything they owned in November of 2015, they were forcibly moved to a rented apartment by the company in the city of Mariana.
Aside from these families, other +1 million people – among whom are fishermen, native tribes and many others – had their life and health extremely affected.