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Street Children in Brazil… Calm and Disturbing Reality!

Kids in Rio

Photograph by © Oliveiro Pluviano.


Whilst the Brazilian authorities try their very best to promote the 2016 Olympics in Rio in the media worldwide, some Brazilian citizens (or Netizens) have decided to remind everyone, via Facebook, that Brazil is far from being the paradisal place their leaders try to portray.

When the clichés cover the disturbing reality… Brazil is an emerging country where street children can no longer be hidden before the two major sporting events it organises in 2014 and 2016.



The legend of the photograph (found on a Facebook page called Quero o Fim da Corrupção – which means “I Want the End of Corruption”) reads:

“This is what Brazil’s World Cup, Brazil’s Olympics, Brazil’s corruption and more than 20 years of the “Criança Esperança Programme” (a campaign for the children’s rights in Brazil) looks like!

The photograph, taken by Oliveiro Pluviano, shows streets children (boys) trying to warm up on a winter morning with the heat coming from the underground vent in Sao Paulo.”


Kids in Rio (Facebook)


The photograph was actually taken in Avenida Sao Luis, in the centre of Sao Paulo. In a article published in the magazine Carta Capital, Oliveiro Pluviano explains: “this is a very sad picture that symbolises the misery that afflicts Brazil,” before relating the calm and disturbing feeling that comes out of it to the ‘beauty’ of a psalm written by Italian composer Gregorio Allegri in the 1630s called “Miserere mei, Deus” (“Have mercy on me, O God”).


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J.N. PAQUET is a children’s author and journalist who lived in France for 20 years, in Britain for 10 years and in Brazil for 3 years. Father of three trilingual children, he has written over 40 children’s books — translated into nine languages — including the highly acclaimed bilingual children’s books series “The Book of The Animals” and “The T-RRIBLE.” Through his books, he aims to promote literacy and bilingualism around the world, promote fun-learning as a positive attitude towards reading and provide inspiration for the next generation of young readers and writers. To learn more about J.N. PAQUET and his works, please visit his website, at: www.jnpaquet.com and follow him on Twitter, at: @jnpaquet Find his books, at: www.jnpaquet-books.com


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