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Universa Talks 2022 received on the panel “You are not alone” the president of Instituto Camila e Luiz Taliberti, Helena Taliberti, who lost her daughter, son and pregnant daughter-in-law in the tragedy of Brumadinho, in Minas Gerais. Helena, who found out she had leukemia after the tragedy, spoke about how to move forward even in such a difficult time. According to her, her children’s friends were true angels in her life.

“It’s a huge network. Psychotherapy, art therapy, meditation, religion, very dear doctors who take care of me, and, above all, a huge network of friends and friends of Camila and Luiz. They are close to me daily, at all times. of my life, from day one. They are wonderful to me,” she says.

They were really special. This network that was formed and by which I feel very supported. It’s a message in the morning if I’m okay, if I woke up, if I slept, if I need anything, everything, all this time.

Asked if she wanted to die too, she said she hadn’t thought about it.

“I began to realize that their death had to have a reason to exist. It’s not for nothing that I was thrown into that scenario, into that image of the mud coming down and carrying everything. of the community. So, what were they doing there. I didn’t have that, at some point I have to understand what I’m doing in this life and why I’m going through this”, she says.

Helena Taliberti, president of Instituto Camila e Luiz Taliberti, lost her daughter, son and pregnant daughter-in-law in the Brumadinho tragedy

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According to Helena, there were some moments when getting back to life was difficult, but she feels good about talking about her children.

“Today, my husband and I go out, we go out with friends, receive people at home when we can, so I think we need to resume. And it’s nice to talk about them, their memory is pleasant, it doesn’t make me sad. pain is remembering the way they died, that is pain,” she says.

‘Accident changed me’

Helena says that the accident changed her way of looking at things in life and made her see how degraded our environment is and how unprepared to protect life.

“The rupture of a dam, the way Brumadinho happened, was brutal. It’s not the mud that came down, it was the iron ore that came down, so they weren’t carried away by the mud, they were crushed by an iron ore tractor . It threw me into a scenario that I didn’t imagine existed, how can we remain the same person?”, he said.

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Journalist Juliana Linhares talks to Helena Taliberti, who lost her daughter, son and pregnant daughter-in-law in the Brumadinho tragedy, during Universa Talks 2022

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She says the death of her children left her an inheritance.

“I think that Camila and Luiz, with all the engagement they had in these social issues, the environment, they shook me, tried to warn me that the world was not what I imagined it to be. concern for everything, the environment, social issues. It was the inheritance they left me. I inherited it. It’s different, when you die, your son inherits, in my case, I inherited a huge legacy,” he said.

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