Fight against Illegal Amazon Gold Mining


A village of indigenous Yanomami is seen during Brazil’s environmental agency operation against illegal gold mining on indigenous land, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in Roraima state, Brazil April 18, 2016. (Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters)



Yanomami indian children are seen near the Uraricoera River during Brazil’s environmental agency operation against illegal gold mining on indigenous land, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in Roraima state, Brazil April 16, 2016. (Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters)



An agent of Brazil’s environmental agency inspects a miners camp on the banks of Uraricoera River during an operation against illegal gold mining on indigenous land, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in Roraima state, Brazil April 15, 2016. (Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters)



Uraricoera River is seen during Brazil’s environmental agency operation against illegal gold mining on indigenous land, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in Roraima state, Brazil April 15, 2016. (Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters)



An illegal gold dredge is seen burning down at the banks of Uraricoera River during Brazil’s environmental agency operation against illegal gold mining on indigenous land, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in Roraima state, Brazil April 15, 2016. (Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters)



A man flees successfully near the banks of Uraricoera River during Brazil’s environmental agency operation against illegal gold mining on indigenous land, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in Roraima state, Brazil April 15, 2016. (Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters)



An agent of Brazil’s environmental agency detains a gold prospector who works as a diver in the illegal gold dredge on the shores of Uraricoera River, during an operation against illegal gold mining on indigenous land, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in Roraima state, Brazil April 15, 2016. (Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters)



A man successfully flees in a boat next to an illegal gold dredge on the banks of Uraricoera River during Brazil’s environmental agency operation against illegal gold mining on indigenous land, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in Roraima state, Brazil April 15, 2016. (Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters)



Gold prospectors are detained by agents of Brazil’s environmental agency on the Uraricoera River during an operation against illegal gold mining on indigenous land, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in Roraima state, Brazil April 16, 2016. (Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters)



An agent of Brazil’s environmental agency patrols the banks of Uraricoera River during an operation against illegal gold mining on indigenous land, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in Roraima state, Brazil April 15, 2016. (Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters)



People successfully flee with groceries and fuel on a boat on the Uraricoera River during Brazil’s environmental agency operation against illegal gold mining on indigenous land, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in Roraima state, Brazil April 15, 2016. (Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters)



An Yanomami indian (R) stands near an illegal gold mine during Brazil’s environmental agency operation against illegal gold mining on indigenous land, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in Roraima state, Brazil April 17, 2016. (Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters)



An illegal gold mine burns during Brazil’s environmental agency operation against illegal gold mining on indigenous land, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in Roraima state, Brazil April 17, 2016. (Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters)



An agent of Brazil’s environmental agency is seen next to an illegal gold dredge burning down at the banks of Uraricoera River during an operation against illegal gold mining on indigenous land, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in Roraima state, Brazil April 15, 2016. (Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters)



A helicopter patrols an illegal lane used by miners during Brazil’s environmental agency operation against illegal gold mining on indigenous land, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in Roraima state, Brazil April 17, 2016. (Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters)



Agents of Brazil’s environmental agency check an illegal gold mine during an operation against illegal gold mining on indigenous land, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in Roraima state, Brazil April 18, 2016. (Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters)



A map placed in the cockpit of a helicopter shows the area of the Yanomami indians during Brazil’s environmental agency operation against illegal gold mining on indigenous land, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in Roraima state, Brazil April 18, 2016. (Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters)



An illegal gold mine is seen during Brazil’s environmental agency operation against illegal gold mining on indigenous land, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in Roraima state, Brazil April 17, 2016. (Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters)



Yanomami indians follow agents of Brazil’s environmental agency in an illegal gold mine during an operation against illegal gold mining on indigenous land, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in Roraima state, Brazil April 17, 2016. (Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters)



An Yanomami indian stands near an illegal gold mine during Brazil’s environmental agency operation against illegal gold mining on indigenous land, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in Roraima state, Brazil April 17, 2016. At over 9.5 million hectares, the Yanomami territory is twice the size of Switzerland and home to around 27,000 indians. The land has legally belonged to the Yanomami since 1992, but illegal miners continue to plague the area, sawing down trees and poisoning rivers with mercury in their lust for gold. (Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters)





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