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Connecting Barra da Tijuca and the Olympic Park with the International Airport, the Transcarioca highway and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route is the most visible transport infrastructure work the city of Rio is undertaking in preparation for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. Officials estimate that the 39km expressway and its 45 bus stations will serve 400,000 passengers per day and cut journey time between Barra and the airport by 60%. However, of the three BRT transport projects under construction – the others being the TransOeste linking far West Zone More >
Since October 2009 when Rio was selected to host the 2016 Olympics, more than 8,000 people have been evicted from their homes. Tens of thousands more are expected. Forced eviction should not be confused with consensual relocation; the prior is nonconsensual by nature and violates basic local, state and federal legislation, as well as widely held human rights.
Upon studying the extensive documentation of the removal of eight communities, partial evictions of several others, and reports from yet another 11 currently under threat, the following patterns of abuses have been found to be commonplace:
Lack of Notification
Nine months after eviction by Rio’s city government, Carlos Machado Lopes and his family–his elderly mother (Jacy), brother (Edmilsom) and sister-in-law (Vanessa)–still do not have homes. Their home in Campinho was demolished without warning last May, and after dividing up a measly and delayed compensation among them, Carlos had to move in with a friend 30km away in Miguel Couto. He could only afford to buy a motorcycle and now works as a moto-taxi driver with his share of the compensation. Carlos’ ailing mother had to stay behind in Campinho in her daughter’s overcrowded and precarious house, while Carlos’ brother and More >
This is part 2 of a two-part article about a community of 60 families on Largo do Campinho, about half of whom have already been evicted to make way for the Transcarioca BRS (Bus Rapid Service) project. For part 1, click here.
Valnei Lima da Silva lives with her husband and two daughters, Taynara (10) and Nayara (17). Valnei, originally from Ceará, a state in Brazil’s Northeast, jokes about her husband’s thick accent, since he’s from Curitiba, in Southen Brazil. Nayara is in her last year of high school, and Valnei fears they’ll be forced to move to Cosmos where they believe More >
Last Tuesday afternoon, Antonieta Simões welcomed us into her home. We talked and laughed as Antonieta’s daughter played on the floor nearby with her toy car and miniature chairs. Pastor Norival Sartório and Luciana de França Costa were also present and in on the cultural exchange. There was talk of samba and Carnaval, important lessons in Portuguese slang, and a little bit of Algerian dancing thanks to Meriem, one of our volunteers who came along. Antonieta and her daughter brought us homemade mango ice cream which we enjoyed as the sun started its descent and Rio de Janeiro cooled down More >