SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
Millions of Brazilians in and around the country's major industrial centres live in miserable conditions.
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
1. GV PAN Sao Paulo city skyscrapers and GVs people in streets (4 shots) 0.22
2. GV PAN Shanty town ZOOM INTO hut with washing hanging outside (2 shots) 0.41
3. SVs & CUs Children sitting in dusty road (3 shots) 0.52
4. CU PULL BACK TO GV Women washing clothes in street (3 shots) 1.13
5. SVs People sitting in front of shacks (2 shots) 1.20
6. GV PAN Cars on road in front of shacks, waste paper being loaded on to truck (6 shots) 2.08
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Background: SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
Millions of Brazilians in and around the country's major industrial centres live in miserable conditions. In greater Sao Paulo, local government officials estimate the slum population at nearly two millions. The city boasts skyscrapers and signs of prosperity equal to those in Europe, but on its outskirts sprawl kilometres of shanty towns, the "Favelas". The shacks, of wood and cardboard, house the rural poor who were drawn toward Brazil's economic miracle in the 1970s. They came to the cities hoping for work, but, unable to pay rent, occupied any available land. Recently, their numbers have been swollen by the low-paid and unemployed who have lost their homes in the recession. They face a high risk of disease from lack of basic sanitation, and many live in areas prone to flooding and landslips. In Rio de Janeiro, where the slums cling perilously to the hills surrounding the city, 13 people died recently when a landslide swept several shacks away. There is no social security in Brazil, no unemployment benefit or any other welfare safety net, so, as the country faces its worst-ever economic recession, prospects do not look bright for the slum dwellers.
Source: REUTERS - BRIAN SEWELL