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The struggle for the land: the pain of young Oziel’s mother

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Photography - Landless rural workers display poster with the names of the 19 Landless workers killed in Eldorado de Carajás, state of Pará, in 1996
Poems - Oziel is with us still

The struggle for the land: the pain of young Oziel’s mother

The mother of Oziel Pereira, one of the leaders of the murdered peasants, being comforted by members of her family during the funeral ceremony in the city of Paraupebas on 20 April. Oziel Pereira was seventeen years old and was removed from the scene while still alive. After being handcuffed and beaten by a group of policemen, he was liquidated by a shot in the head. Pará, 1996.

Salgado, Sebastião. Terra: Struggle of the Landless. Preface by José Saramago. Verses by Chico Buarque. Translated by Clifford Landers. London: Phaidon Press, 1998: 119 (photo), 142 (caption). Thanks to Sebastião Salgado for providing free use of his photographs and captions on this web site. For further information about the photographs and captions contact


November 2002

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Compiled by Else R P Vieira. Translation © Thomas Burns.

'Young man of 18 who was killed during the state police ambush at Eldorado de Carajás. He was tortured to death and made to cry "Long live the MST"' (Calendário Histórico dos Trabalhadores. São Paulo: MST, Setor de Educação. 3a. edição, 1999, p. 38). 

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