The Chico Mendes Extractive Reserve, in the Brazilian state of Acre, was the second most deforested among the Legal Amazon Conservation Units in July, according to data from the Imazon Institute. With 30 square kilometers of native forest devasted, the reserve was created in 1990 and is home to around 3,000 families.
The conservation unit is named after Chico Mendes, a rubber tapper leader and trade union leader murdered in 1988 for his struggle to preserve the Amazon rainforest. Ângela Mendes, the coordinator of the Chico Mendes Committee and environmental leader's daughter, claims that the florest is under attack on a wide array of fronts.
There is a bill on the National Congress that seeks to reduce the limits of the Chico Mendes Extractive Reserve by 222 square kilometers.
On the culture segment, you will hear Racionais MC's, the greatest brazilian rap group. The song is "Diary of a Detainee", a chronicle of an imprisoned man on the day of the worst slaughter in the history of brazil prison system.
On Brazilianism, we have a a dish widely consumed in the Middle East: dry curd. You can learn how to cook it with our quick and pratical cooking recipe.
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Edited by: Arturo Hartmann