Written by Staff Writer by Abigail Angelovic, CNN
An indigenous family has killed their nine-year-old son at a private mine in Brazil, local authorities say.
O Rei do Vinh Trôs, or “the lands of Vinh,” is a coal-mining cooperative located on Bicênica Grande’s Mato Grosso department. The advocacy group Inology Kontrapolsé takes its name from the name of the Ambelia, São Francisco, Gávea communities where mining operations take place.
The exploitation of sacred resources within indigenous communities, where the families operate mines directly, is a hotly contested issue throughout South America.
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The accident came just days after government officials confirmed that the country’s indigenous community had recently sunk over 20 million córdobas ($4.3 million) on the African continent to acquire the rights to 230 million cubic meters of land.
The mining operations by O Rei do Vinh Trôs are also an important aspect of the struggle for access to land in São Paulo state.
“Illegal mining is taking place in regions where areas of indigenous tradition are located,” Federal Police Chief Rui Costa announced.
“We have collected 3,486 sites and at least 2,000 sites were inspected by police,” he told reporters Thursday.