Who goes out of the house, gets a bullet in the head: In Brazil, Gangs are in crisis to Law enforcement

As Laryssa da Silva was going to her Job at the Restaurant, knew the Brazilian, where you should take the next plate of food for themselves and their two childr

Who goes out of the house, gets a bullet in the head: In Brazil, Gangs are in crisis to Law enforcement

As Laryssa da Silva was going to her Job at the Restaurant, knew the Brazilian, where you should take the next plate of food for themselves and their two children. "I was pretty lost." Until she was in her poor neighborhood in São Paulo "street President": one of the almost 700 residents, to ensure that during the Corona pandemic all to stay at home or mouth protection. Now, they distributed packages with food and hygiene items, assistance, and informed about the Virus. For this, you even gets as one of the first food package.

During the government of right-wing populist President Jair Bolsonaro would sit out the Corona-crisis in the loved one, to organize the residents of the poor neighborhood itself. The Favela Paraísópolis in São Paulo, where 100 000 people, has now even Doctors and ambulance under the contract. The regular ambulance comes. "We have detected that the object is large and the public policy does not reach the Favelas," said Gilson Rodrigues, one of the managers. "So we make our own policy".

Brazil has recorded 1 million Corona-Infected

Also, residents of other poor settlements have launched information campaigns, food and hygiene items distributed as well as databases created. "Everything Concerns us," says Neila Marinho from the "crisis Cabinet" of the Favela Complexo do Alemão in Rio de Janeiro. "Starting with the fact that people know what is happening. Until then, we bring them food and soap." Silvia Izquierdo/AP/Reuters A woman pushes a stroller on a mural in the Favela of Alemao complex in Rio de Janeiro, the Portuguese word for "the Coronavirus kills" is and to see more current statistics on the COVID-19-deaths.

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In Europe, returns to normality, but Brazil has just the one Million mark in Corona-Infected. Nearly 50 000 people are dead. In both statistics, Brazil was the location of two of the most affected countries in the world. Only in the USA it is even worse. The actual number is likely to be in Brazil, however, is far higher - because the country is testing very little.

The shanty towns of Rio and São Paulo, where many Black people live, are suffering the most. The inhabitants, it is often needed most. "Who lives here, has no water to wash hands," says Gabriela Anastácia of the social welfare organization "Observatório the Favelas". "He can't keep from others, because he lives together with five, six, nine." The probability of dying at Covid-19 is in Rio for Favela residents, five times higher than for people from prosperous areas.

crisis management in the Favela: residents organize themselves

the people in the Favelas so do not want to Accept. "We spread as much information as possible, in order to reduce the impact of the Virus," says Neila Marinho. With placards, banners and loud-speakers for the "crisis Cabinet informed" the residents in the Complexo do Alemão over the Corona. The "Coletivo Papo Reto" has even composed a song with the is asked to wash the hands and avoid crowds of people. 37 000 food packages and 24 000 Hygiene Kits are also distributed.

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The Favela residents are accustomed to self-organize. On the hills of Rio, the former slaves settled first. Later, criminal organizations took control. The state has traditionally played no role. More Power than governors and mayors drug lords and militiamen have been.

In the Corona-crisis have some Gangs out of fear of a contagion of foreigners, says the access to the Favelas and curfews for the residents is to be imposed. President Bolsonaro wanted to meet, no measures for containment - in the Favela Rocinha in Rio, the output worked the lock, because a drug gang put you through. The gang threatened: "Whoever goes out of the house, gets a bullet in the head." "Prospects" in FOCUS Online

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Marinho, is in the Complexo do Alemão for three months now at home. The other was hard, you had to get out to Work. So many of the shops were closed only briefly. Many people were soon back on the road. "If the President says: "This is just a flu", goes out and acts as if nothing - what will his voters do then?" asks Marinho. Caio Capicoré/G10 Favelas/Presi While the government would sit by and wait for the Corona-crisis in the loved one, to organize the residents of the poor neighborhood itself. The Favela Paraísópolis in São Paulo, where about 100 000 people, has now even Doctors and ambulance under the contract. The regular ambulance comes. Brazil has broken the mark of one Million Infected. The poor district of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, are particularly affected.

Because they distrust the official data, raise the Favela residents even make your own Corona-statistics. For Rio, it was Infected on Sunday in 2014 and 420 Deaths. "One of the biggest problems in the pandemic are the wrong messages," says Marinho. They are spread mainly via WhatsApp, where many of the Brazilians are active, even from the government camp. The "crisis Cabinet opposed" a public awareness campaign, also by WhatsApp. The newspaper "Voz das Comunidades" developed a Corona App.

scientists have examined the role of community-based organizations in the Favelas, believe that low-income areas in Europe can learn from the experience. "The pandemic will never be able to by a policy from the top down will be defeated," says the Social psychologist Sandra Jovchelovitch from the University of London. "The needs of the community go out. The Favelas can teach the North a lot."

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Updated Date: 23 June 2020, 07:26

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