By Ben Lyons
This interview has been translated from the original Portuguese by the author. The interviewee is a local official in a Brazilian city. Due to the volatile political climate in Brazil and sensitivity of the topic, they have requested anonymity.
I know that the situation in Brazil is very bad right now. How is it in your city/your state/your region?
By Ashley Brown
Two Black children, Miguel Otávio Santana da Silva, aged five, and João Pedro, aged fourteen, both passed away tragically during the month of June, 2020 in Brazil at the hands of white individuals in power. The civil protests taking place have not only been catalyzed by these two deaths, but also fueled by the history of civil unrest due to police brutality, racism, and discrimination.
A situação financeira da maioria dos entes públicos brasileiros já não era boa antes da atual pandemia causada pela COVID-19. A necessidade de ampliar a oferta de leitos equipados para atender os doentes da COVID-19 é apenas um exemplo do quão ruim era a situação.