"Deadly" trans-Amazon railway sparks fear among tribes


Last updated 8/1/2015 at 12:13pm

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL—A controversial mega-project to build a transcontinental railway from the Atlantic to the Pacific has caused outrage among indigenous people and the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights.

The railway, which is backed by the Chinese government, would cross through many Indigenous territories and areas of high biodiversity across the Amazon rainforest in Peru and Brazil. If realized, it would wreak havoc on Indigenous peoples’ lands and lives by opening up the area to industrial exploitation, illegal mining and logging, and encourage colonization.


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