The livelihoods of 53 families are at risk as pollution from a sugar cane factory makes their land uninhabitable. Brazil's Eduardo Campos, governor of Pernambuco, is deciding whether or not to protect the land of the Sirinhaém community, where 53 families currently live. They fled since Usina Trapiche, a local sugar cane factory arrived, saying that the company has made their home uninhabitable.
A proposal to make this area an ecological reserve has gained support amongst local people and could help protect their homes and livelihoods. We urge governor Campos to support this initiative. While the creation of the reserve will give this community a degree of security, much more needs to done.
Amnesty International is also calling on governor Campos to ensure that all allegations of threats and intimidation against this community are thoroughly and independently investigated and that those responsible are brought to justice.