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Piquiá de Baixo Relocation is Long Overdue

Expand Ash accumulates each day in classrooms of the primary school of Piquiá de Baixo in northeastern Brazil. © 2017 Richard Pearshouse / Human Rights Watch A version of this op-ed was published in portuguese in O Globo on November 8, 2017. Every morning, cleaners at the primary school in the small village of Piquiá de Baixo in northeastern Brazil wipe the desks and mop the classroom floor to clear the soot that’s accumulated overnight. But the fine black ash keeps on sprinkling down through the roof tiles during the day. “Even though they clean it each day, students who study in the afternoon…

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