AMERICA/BRAZIL - Dam tragedy in Brumadinho two years ago: digital pilgrimage commemorates victims and calls for integral ecology

Wednesday, 27 January 2021 justice   peace   ecology   natural disasters   local churches  


Brumadinho (Agenzia Fides) - On the second anniversary of the Brumadinho tragedy, in Córrego do Feijão (see Fides, 7/2/2019) which caused hundreds of victims, from 18 to 25 January the Episcopal Region Nossa Senhora do Rosário (RENSER) of the Archdiocese of Belo Horizonte, called for the Second Regional Pilgrimage for Integral Ecology to take place in Brumadinho. This is to commemorate the death of at least 272 people in the accident in 2019. Due to the pandemic, this year's pilgrimage will mainly take place in digital form, while only the relatives of the victims will be on site. "The memory of the 272 dead and a crime committed by the Vale mining company" motivate the organizers to take the initiative. They want to fight for "justice and full reparation for all those affected and the promotion of an integral ecology that puts life above profit".
The virtual pilgrimage, informs the note sent to Fides, is promoted by the Bishops' Conference of Brazil (CNBB) and broadcast by the Catholic and non-Catholic media. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 27/1/2021)