Pope Francis recalled today the mining tragedy of a year ago in Brumadinho (Brazil), in which 272 people lost their lives, and urged to support the families of the victims and to “protect and repair” the environment.
“On this first anniversary of the Drumadinho tragedy, we pray for the 272 brothers and sisters who were buried, and we lament the contamination of the entire river basin,” says the Argentine pontiff in a video message broadcast on his social networks.
The Pope asked the faithful to offer their “solidarity to the families of the victims, a support to the archdiocese and to all the people who are suffering and who need our help.”
And the intercession of St. Paul was entrusted to God to “help us repair and protect our common house.”
The pontiff’s message comes a year after the tragedy in this southeastern Brazilian town, after the collapse of a ferrous waste dam owned by the Brazilian mining giant Vale that left at least 270 fatalities.
The dam of the largest iron producer and exporter in the world broke down on January 25, 2019 and the avalanche of the waste and sludge it contained caused a tragedy that accounts for 259 deaths already identified and 11 missing, mostly employees of the own miner.
The Prosecutor of the South American country has filed a criminal complaint for the crime of manslaughter against 16 executives of the mining giant Vale and the German firm TÜV SÜD for their responsibility in the collapse.