Less than a week after being named Champions of the 2014 Street Child World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian Girls Team returned to practice. The girls range from age 12 to 18 and come from Complexo da Penha and Vila Cruzeiro in Rio de Janeiro’s North Zone. They are all a part of the Favela Street organization which through soccer motivates and encourages girls who need structure, a safe environment and appreciation, to make and reach their life goals. After participating in the 10-day Street Child World Cup, the girls returned with energy, new friendships from around the world, and confidence to proudly say ‘I Am Somebody.’
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For the original by Demerson Couto in Portuguese for Viva Favela click here.
Vila Capão, one of the communities in Complexo do Alemão, could also be called “Villa of the Forgotten.” Around Capão, works debris from the Growth Acceleration Program (PAC) merge with open-air sewage and mountains of trash. “With the construction of the cable car, Complexo do Alemão has gained new life to those looking on from the outside. But for us, all of these works have left many marks and old problems continue to exist, such as flooding,” says 85 year-old resident, Alexandrina Brito, who avoids the alleyways full of mud.
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The eviction last Friday, April 10, saw over 8,000 people forcibly removed from the disused Telerj (now known as Oi) site, with 21 people injured, 18 arrested and four unconfirmed dead. Reports suggest the 4.30am eviction was carried out with little respect for the residents: Military Police pushed residents down the stairs, used pepper spray and tear gas unnecessarily and did not allow families to collect their possessions. On Friday evening, 500 of those evicted settled in an open-air public space outside the City government building on Avenida Presidente Vargas, one of the principal avenues in the city’s downtown.
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When asked about his experience with education growing up, Fernando–a 21 year-old from the Fumacê favela in Realengo, West Zone–said: “I’ve never liked to study. My mom forced me to go to school, but it’s something that I’ve never liked to do. In school, they don’t teach you, they just force you to do things. It’s a method for the masses.”
Fernando’s sentiments are echoed by thousands of children across Rio. He is one of 720 youth from 14 different favelas that have taken part in Agência de Redes para Juventude (Networks for Youth Agency) programs since 2011. Agência provides training to youth More >
For the original by Eliano Félix in Portuguese for O Cidadão click here.
More than 30 families are living in inhuman conditions with fear of eviction in Maré.
Situated in Complexo da Maré between Vila do Pinheiro and Morro do Timbau, on the side of the Ilha do Fundão access bridge, is a small favela called Mac Laren, named after the small dockyard that used to operate there. For over ten years, more than 30 families have lived here in a degrading and dehumanizing reality. For most people it is difficult to imagine that there are still people living in wooden huts, particularly More >