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Antonia Melo da Silva is a force of nature. The environmental activist lost her home in Altamira (PA) to the Belo Monte hydroelectric plant and became one of the most powerful voices in defense of the Xingu River. This force gained international recognition in New York, where she received the Alexander Soros Foundation Award for Environmental Activism and Human Rights. She is the sixth person to wint it.
Mother of five children, Antonia founded the Xingu Vivo para Sempre (Xingu living forever) Movement 20 years ago. The movement fought against the construction of Belo Monte and today it not only fights for its causes, but also for the Amazon. Antonia is a guardian of the forest today. Congratulations and thank you very much.
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