In Brazil, child prostitution is a polemic topic, especially in light of the upcoming World Cup.* Pressured into this position by physical abuse, economic need, or simply because it is their best option for survival, these children sell themselves to sexual exploitation for only a few dollars. Long viewed for its sexually liberal reputation, Brazil has been a popular a destination for sexual tourism.
I think almost everyone who studies abroad imagines themselves going back someday. Some people dream of it, some people make a firm promise that they'll make it happen. There are the examples of people who did it--the girl who married her foreign boyfriend, or the woman who moved to Brazil to become a yoga instructor--but in reality, we all know the chances are slim we will get another opportunity to live abroad for an extended period of time.
Lembro de ouvir quando criança as histórias que minha mãe contava misturando coisas que ela viveu e coisas que ouviu. Minha mãe cresceu ouvindo histórias dos irmãos e conhecidos sobre os pais, pois sua mãe morreu quando ela tinha 3 anos e o pai aos 4. Os pais que ela conhece e que nos mostrou em suas histórias foram os pais construídos a partir de fragmentos da memória de outros, e que ela rearranjou em sua mente.
In the largest city in South America, more than 8,000 families are living in temporary tents consisting of plastic sheets and timber.
Com o início da Copa do Mundo de 2014 chegando rapidamente, ainda tem muita preocupação se o Brasil vai conseguir terminar as construções antes da sua estréia contra a Croácia, no dia 12 de junho. Menos de 100 dias antes do apito inicial, estádios em 4 das 12 cidades-sede permanecem sob construção, assim come grande parte dos locais ao redor dos estádios e a infraestrutura dos transportes.
With one month until the World Cup, Brazil is rushing to complete the necessary infrastructure to effectively host the tournament, which begins June 12th when Brazil faces Croatia. The Brazilian Ministry of Tourism has estimated the World Cup could result in up to $11 billion USD in direct, indirect and induced economic growth for the country, a number more than 20 times what host South Africa made in 2010.
For awhile there was hope that despite significant challenges, Brazil would be prove to be a successful host of the 2014 World Cup set to begin June 12th, but as the date nears, it seems as if that hope is dwindling.
In the state of Rio Grande do Norte, the capital city of Natal has been pounded by more than three feet of rain in the past four days giving rise to severe flooding and landslides. Emergency crews sprung into action as the seasonal heat and excessive precipitation combined to loosen the earth in many areas of this FIFA World Cup host city.
It comes as no surprise that protests, political satire, and two story tall graffiti murals still litter the streets of Brazil after months of unrest when you try to conceptualize the sheer amount of disregard for worker and fan safety, the complete neglect of public opinion, or staggering amount of money the Brazilian government has spent to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
There is no way to predict how a nation will deal with past collective actions that don’t match the image its citizens now have of themselves. They may confront the regretted event right after it ended or generations later. They may accuse or mourn. They may seek revenge or remembrance. They may want to profit from the examination or simply learn from it. A nation may decide to forget or indefinitely postpone looking at its painful past.