Rio de Janeiro has recently made exciting headlines around the world, not for its beautiful beaches and carnival festivities, but because of a victorious strike carried out by the cities Garis – or street cleaners.
Entries in Brazil (10)
Travelling during the holiday period or over a time of celebration can be a difficult, with more demand for accomodation and special holiday times for transport, but also a fantastic and unique experience.
For any aspiring journalist gaining experience is the name of the game, and choosing to gain this experience abroad and out of your comfort zone can be the perfect way to illustrate adaptability to future employees. The experience though doesn’t have to be career focused, and any internship abroad can be the perfect way to get behind the scenes of a culture and experience a lifestyle unseen by fleeting travellers.
Photo of the week this week is an awesome shot by Pierrick Mouazan and provides a fresh angle on the legendy city of Rio de Janerio. The photograph shows Rio in a rare moment of calm as the sun casts light on the urban sprawl that nestles admist its sharply rising green hills and illustrates the breathtaking beauty of the Brazilian coastline. Join a Frontier project and learn about Brazil's vibrant culture and historic communities as you visit this fantastic city for yourself.
This week Into the Wild is tracing the Equator around the world highlighting the best sites, amazing wildlife and a taste of the cultures and festivities which all flourish along this imaginary line. Today we’re following the Equator across South America. We’ll be stopping off in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Columbia and Brazil which all straddle the latitude of zero degrees.
Continuing our focus on some of the planet’s least explored locations, today we venture to the heart of the Amazon Rainforest. Despite constant media attention on the various environmental and cultural issues related to the area, there are still vast regions which remain undocumented from a scientific perspective.
Three is the magic number today on the Frontier blog. In a week dedicated to the fascinating continent of South America, today we look at some of the most important aspects to consider whilst travelling in this wonderful place.
On Wednesday we learnt about the Dongria Kondh tribe in Eastern India, whose battle to protect their sacred mountain against a mining company attracted media attention worldwide.But what about a tribe that, although threatened, are previously untouched by outside forces? Today we will investigate the interesting phenomenon of uncontacted tribes.
Lesson number three today and it's time for Science class. We got our resident research experts to give you the lowdown on some of the Amazon's most interesting mammals.
It was back in May when we first heard of the new drug ‘rust’ making a name for itself in South America and in particular around the Brazil-Peru border. The drug was reported to be twice as strong as crack and sold for a fifth of the price. However recent news from Rio has shed light on the wave of crack-cocaine addiction that is taking hold of much of the city; ripping apart families and spreading violence. “Rust” is no longer the biggest threat.
Rio is actually one of the last places in Brazil to be seized by crack addiction with many of the city’s dealers refusing to sell the drug in the past due to the effects it has on addicts. The epidemic in Brazil stretches from remote Amazon towns to many of the wealthy regions in the south and south-east. According to press reports the police in the north-eastern state of Pernambuco have confiscated a quantity of 6.8 million rocks so far this year.
“Crack is a crime against people, a crime against our youth and a crime against Brazil.” These were the words of the current President Dilma Rousseff in a campaign video before her election win last year. With a £155 million ant-crack strategy in the works including a scheme whereby 15,000 health agents would be trained to deal with users, the federal government of Brazil is on the warpath.
“Crack is terrible. It just makes people kill, rob and destroy other people’s families…” Said an addict detained by police after a raid in the Morro do Cajueiro favela. “…I was taking drugs. Your money runs out and you still want to smoke some more, so you go on to the streets to steal, beg, it’s dog eat dog – either you make it work or you die trying.”
The cracolandias are the open-air drugs markets that are now raided on a weekly basis by police after a public outcry over the volume of crack usage prompted more action. The addicts who are detained by the police are forced to undergo a compulsory detox in a rehab centre.
“I believe that out of every 100 addicts, five will hear the word and manage not to use crack anymore. That is a victory. Society is lost. Society thinks these people have no future. In saving five lives we are victorious.” Stated Claudio Ferreira; a preacher and critic of the compulsory detox system. He believes that the only way for the addicts to recover is via the power of Christ and prayer.
If you want to find out how you can make a difference to communities in parts of the world affected by drugs, poverty or disease then visit the Frontier website and find out more about our community development projects. You could spend your gap year teaching in community centres and schools in Brazil and have a positive impact on children that are directly affected by these terrible occurrences.