The construction of a giant dam in the Amazon region of Brazil is threatening parts of the world’s largest rainforest. But the indigenous tribes living here are keeping quiet in return for millions of dollars in promises.
Altamira’s population is expected to reach 300,000 soon, up from only 100,000 not too long ago. The developers call the dam Belo Monte, or “beautiful mountain,” while the dam’s opponents call it Belo Monte de Merde, or “beautiful mountain of shit.” The dam attracts workers, causing the city and its garbage dumps to grow, which in turn attracts black vultures from the jungle.
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