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Despite Brazil’s wealth and economic growth, millions of Brazilians still live well below the poverty line. Inequality levels are among the highest in the world and development efforts are hampered by a Pandora’s box of social structure and history.
Explore any of Brazil’s major cities and you will find favelas, the homes of 12 million Brazilians. (that’s more than the entire population of Portugal). These people live in cramped, improvised dwellings with only squatters rights. Babies born in favelas are immediately at risk because of a lack of basic infrastructure including clean water, sanitation and access to health care.
Childhood in a Brazilian favela is a hasty introduction to poverty, inequality and hopelessness. The state school system offers 4 hours of classes per child, per day which is not enough and children soon drop out.
Many children quickly come face to face with the only real career options available to them. At best this might be work as a domestic maid or a street vendor, at worst it is prostitution, theft or drug dealing. Violence in favelas is under-reported and terrifying. Estimates put the number of murders each year in Brazil between 40 and 50,000, according to the UN, that’s enough to class it as a low intensity civil war zone.