Brazil: Coronavirus pandemic sees new favela emerge in Sao Paulo as economic hardship worsens

6 августа 2020 г. 7:08

A new favela has been developing on the northern outskirts of Sao Paulo as a result of increasing unemployment and economic hardship caused by coronavirus pandemic and subsequent restrictions, footage from Wednesday shows. The favela, located in the Jardim Julieta neighbourhood, has been steadily growing due to a rise in homelessness driven by increasing levels of unemployment driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. One new resident, Priscila Tomas, explained that due to her husband losing his job as a truck driver, they were unable to pay rent. «It was coming here or go live in the streets with our children. It's so hard. We are dealing with difficulties but at least we have a roof and a place for the children to sleep without rain and cold,» she said. According to reports, the favela began to emerge around four months ago, with almost 700 families currently living in the area. Brazil has been one of the nations worst hit by the coronavirus outbreak in the world, with confirmed cases standing at 2.8 million, and 95,819 people having died with the disease according to Johns Hopkins University data.

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