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Brazil: interviews with women community leaders about the responsibility of companies for the Doce River tragedy

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre had the opportunity to meet and talk with communities affected by the Rio Doce tragedy in Mariana and Gesteira/Barra Longa one year after it happened. The tragedy took place on 5 November, 2015 and was caused by the Fundão dam burst, owned by Samarco, a joint venture of Vale and BHP Billiton. At least 17 people were killed, and the burst has been described as the worst environmental disaster in Brazilian history.
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Samarco restart a step closer

A restart of operations is crucial for Samarco to reduce its debt, pegged at $3.7bn. The venture, which has had no cashflow since the accident, even missed in September an interest payment on a $500 million bond. Last month, a Brazilian court ordered BHP and Vale to pay an initial $350 million to help clean up what is considered the country's worst environmental disaster.
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