Artisanal Fisherwoman Describes the Impact of Brazil's Suape Port and Industrial Complex

Artisanal Fisherwoman Describes the Impact of Brazil's Suape Port and Industrial Complex

This episode below is the second in Cirandeiras podcast's "Oceans" season, which highlights the often silenced voices of women affected by major development projects.
The season proposes a debate about the abusive action of transnational companies, and also of governments, in their violation of human, environmental and civil rights. Each of the three episodes contextualize the socio-environmental impacts of industrial, petrochemical and mining activities in the oceans, based on the testimony of three artisanal fisherwomen.

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"Oceans" season audio intro.


Episode #2: "Impacts of the Suape Complex with Gicléia Maria da Silva Santos"

In this episode of the “Oceans Season” of Cirandeiras Podcast, we speak with Gicléia Maria da Silva Santos, an artisanal fisherwoman. She lives on Itapuama Beach and is the secretary of the Z-8 colony in Cabo de Santo Agostinho, in Pernambuco state. She describes the impacts of the Suape Port and Industrial Complex.

The beaches and mangroves protected by traditional fishing communities have been losing ground to the installation of “mega” infrastructure projects and the environmental destruction that ensues. Consequences also include the compulsory displacement of people from their territories and an increase in social inequality.

Dances like ciranda and côco in Cabo de Santo Agostinho–which are cultural expressions of the Black community in the area–were a big part of the way things used to be there. Gicléia is proud to have learned these traditions from her grandmother, Antonieta Maria da Paz. But in recent years, the dancing has stopped due to the Covid-19 pandemic and also because of the many changes in the community’s lifestyle–all imposed by the Government of Pernambuco and the more than one hundred companies operating the Suape Complex.

Itapuama Beach, Cabo de Santo Agostinho, Brazil / Credit: Cirandeiras Podcast.

This podcast episode was produced with support from Internews' Earth Journalism Network and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch). It was originally aired on June 1, 2022. 

Banner image: Gicléia Maria da Silva Santos / Credit: Cirandeiras Podcast.

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