While you’re watching the World Cup be aware that many in Brazil have nothing to cheer about.
World Cup Forces An Estimated 250,000 People Into Homelessness In Brazil
The country has experienced a terrible increase in homelessness due to evictions caused by skyrocketing rent in areas close to the World Cup stadium (kinda like what happened in Brooklyn when Barclay’s Center was built but MUCH WORSE).
“World Cup for whom?” read the words painted on a wall on a street in Sao Paulo.
Many in Brazil’s middle class are unhappy with the effects the World Cup has already had on their lives. The cost of living has risen in the cities hosting the games, traffic jams have worsened, and a construction boom aimed at improving urban mobility has only compounded problems, they say.
But it is the poorest Brazilians who have borne the brunt of the World Cup preparations. According to the Popular Committee for the World Cup and Olympics, a group opposed to how the games’ preparations have been handled, 250,000 people across Brazil have been forcefully removed from their houses or are being threatened with eviction. Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre are the most affected cities, it says.
This is a very important issue that needs to be addressed by Brazil’s government and FIFA.
The woman and child pictured above are Nadir Teixeira Queiroz and her son Mateus. They are pictured inside their tent, set up in land recently occupied by members of the Homeless Workers Movement, near the Itaquerao stadium, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. The residents of the new tent village two miles away from the stadium say the neighborhood’s rent went up as a result of the World Cup real-estate fever in their neighborhood, driving them from their homes.
Peep the video below for more info on the issue:
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