Location Mariana, MG
Grantee 2016
Attended areas Human Rights and Civic Engagement

Jornal “A Sirene”

Memorializing the History of Those Affected by the Environmental Disaster in Mariana

The rupturing of the Fundão dam sent a stream of toxic sludge through the city of Mariana, causing great damage and displacing many families and people throughout multiple neighborhoods. With the families then scattered, they faced the new challenge of how to maintain communication with each other as a community.

The newspaper A Sirene was launched in February of 2016 to give a voice to the affected families and provide them a sense of autonomy. Organized with the help of professors and ICSA/UFOP journalism students, the newspaper will help to preserve the histories and memories of the families affected by the disaster, as well guaranteeing their free speech and access to communications.

With support from BrazilFoundation the Association will:

• Empower affected families so that they can tell their own stories;
• Conduct – in partnership with the Collective MICA – workshops on the critically analysis of the media, the rights to communication, free speech, social media, and photography.


10,000 readers per edition
4 workshops on critical reading and communication
80 residents trained

“Our fight for the right to communicate motivates and moves me. Knowing that we will have resources to amplify our actions and impact is deeply gratifying. “ – Gustavo Nolasco, Journalist and Editor, A Sirene

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