‘I’d lost the strength to carry on’

Tom Phillips – The Guardian – Thursday 22 May, 2008

Last week, with the resignation of Marina Silva as Brazil’s environment minister, the Amazon lost its greatest champion. But how did a poor orphan rise to such power, only to walk away from it? And what is the future for her beloved rainforest?

The Guardian - On Brazil's Marina Silva
What’s the future for the beloved Amazon rainforest
of Marina Silva, Brazil’s ex-environment minister?

Marina Silva will never forget the day the bulldozers rolled up on her family’s doorstep. It was the beginning of the 1970s and in the isolated Amazon community of Bagaço, where she was born, Silva, then about 12, looked on curiously as work began on a major highway to link the Brazilian rainforest with the rest of the country. . .

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