Brazil Suffers Massive Increase in Land Conflicts in 2019

The annual report of an important Episcopal Commission says that almost all forms of violence against the rural population are showing an upward trend. The Amazon is particularly hit.

By Richard Mann, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Almost a million people were involved in land conflicts in 2018, according to a report by the Episcopal Commission for Pastoral Care (CPT) presented at the National Bishops Conference of Brazil last week.

According to the survey, 960,630 people were victims of land disputes, representing an increase in 35.6 percent compared to 2017. The trend among families is also growing: in 2018, 118,080 families were involved in land conflicts, 11 percent more than in 2017.

Although in 2018 the number of murders in rural areas declined significantly, from . . .

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