Posts tagged Alto Camorim
Advisory Council and Traditional Peoples in Pedra Branca State Park question removals planned by INEA
The Pedra Branca State Park was created in 1974 and covers 10% of Rio’s municipal territory, giving it the title of largest Conservation Unit (UC) in the municipality and making it one of the world’s largest urban forests. It is four times larger than Tijuca Forest, also in Rio. The Pedra Branca State Park (PEPB) is located in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro, comprising the following areas of the city: Jacarepaguá, Taquara, Camorim, Vargem Pequena, Vargem Grande, Recreio dos Bandeirantes, Grumari, Padre Miguel, Bangu, Senador Camará, Jardim Sulacap, Realengo, Santíssimo, Campo Grande, Senador Vasconcelos, Guaratiba e Barra de Guaratiba, More >
The community of Alto Camorim has existed for more than 100 years; my cousin Moacir Francisco de Azevedo, who lives here and is 89 years old, was born in the community and his father, Caetano, whose name appears in the book Sertão Carioca by Cecília Meirelles, worked for Vitória da Sá, who used to own all the land from Camorim to Vargem Grande.
Time passed and everyone established their families and livelihoods here. They were farmers and cultivated bananas, manioc, vegetables and beans; raised pigs and hens; and hunted and fished in the Baixada de Jacarepaguá.
Today the community is composed of 200 More >
This story originally appeared in Portuguese on Piratininga.org.br.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 — Around 200 people gathered in front of Rio’s city hall to express their opposition to the removal of 119 favelas, or squatter communities. The list of communities was released in an article from the newspaper O Globo early this year. After the announcement, community residents and leaders formed the Olympics Does Not Justify Removal Movement, to guarantee their right to housing and decent living conditions.
Vera Lúcia Araújo, a resident of Vila Autódromo (the first community slated for removal), was one of those present to show her indignation with the announcement. More >