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For the original by Jamil Chade in Portuguese in Estado de São Paulo click here.
Pope Francis attacked the strategy of “pacification” used in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, warning that while social inequality is not resolved, “there is no lasting peace.” On Thursday July 25, in the Varginha favela in Rio, he gave one of the most important speeches related to social issues during his pontificate, and urged youth to continue pushing for improvements as a sign of his support for the protesters who have taken to the streets of Brazil since June.
The Pope further added: the greatness of a nation can only More >
On Monday evening, July 8, residents of Santa Marta added their voices to the ever-growing chorus of favela communities taking to the streets to demand social justice. Their concerns, however, are by no means new. Real estate speculation, rising commodity and food prices, invasive tourism, eviction threats and lack of infrastructure have concerned the community for years. Local organizer Vitor Lira stated that whilst the protest had taken 3 weeks to arrange, this particular battle began 3 years ago. “We are taking advantage of the current favorable environment for our demonstration, but these issues have been a problem for a long time.”
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At around 11am on Wednesday May 15th, Maria de Conceição, 57, was taking a shower in her wood and corrugated iron home in the Bandeira 1 favela in Del Castilho, North Zone, when she heard her grandchildren screaming “fire!”
“I thought it was a game of theirs, but when I saw my granddaughter with her arms full of documents… I panicked, threw on some clothes and got out,” she recalls, standing in front of the scorched remains of the 180 affected homes. ”The fire was so fast, so fast. The only thing we managed to save were our documents.”
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The Pensão Sabor de Ana’s restaurant is near the bottom of Providência hill. But even if it were located at the top no doubt these flavors would be drawing people from all over the city for the great food and better price. For R$10, a customer gets access to an all-you-can eat buffet, with two selections of a wide variety of churrasco meats. With the menu changing every day, customers just seem to keep coming back. Chicken à milanesa with rice and beans–-a pretty standard Brazilian dish–-was all I needed to see how “flavor” worked its way into the restaurant’s name.
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When I first thought about moving to Vidigal, the first and only concern of the few people that found it strange was: what about the drug traffickers? Since I knew the danger in this respect was zero, the hill seemed like a harmless place. My legs, however, found out little by little that this was not the case.
The greatest challenge of the favela for me was learning how to walk up the stairs quickly without falling. I have countless scars from my first year here. Among them, there are a few that have become affective tattoos. They are from the More >