Agrarian Trust

Violence in Amazon Centered around Land

In a remote area in Brazil, a dispute over who, if anyone owns the land has lead to killings. On the 71.3 million hectares of public land in the country, land users say “the only  document is our presence here.”

The worst land-related slaughter Brazil has seen in 21 years reflects a chronic ambiguity around land rights. On this lawless frontier, far from the gaze of the authorities, forest clearance and conflict go hand in hand.

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