The Dirty Side of Brazil
You have probably heard of the stories, maybe even read articles about the situation occurring in Brazil, the sad living condition of the favelas. Like every country, especially third world country, there are good and bad, and the news tends to cover mainly the positive side of things. (I’m talking about the world cup. Painted picture or butterflies and rainbows)
As you guys may know, I recently visited a place called Fernando De Noronha, located on an isolated island in Brazil (The positive side of things) and right after, I made my way to the famous city of Rio De Janeiro, where there are thousands of tourists every year. Now this is where I saw the ugly, dirty side of Brazil. And unlike the news, I plan on leaking it all out… So buckle up…
The first thing I noticed was; the closer you get to the favelas, the dirtier things get. I mean, every country has it’s trashed allies, but in comparison to San Diego, the place is bad! I’m what most people call a clean freak. I take two showers, one in the morning and one before bed, and brush my teeth three times a day… I need my house cleaned at least twice a month by Chula Vista House Cleaning (They do an excellent job by the way!), so you can image how I felt walking into a trashed neighborhood.
The Poor Infrastructure Keeps The Slums Paralyzed
Located in the hillsides, right above the urban rich area where most middle classes reside. The favelas are places where there are no rent requirements. You’ll find houses built from scratch by the residents with no architect experience. The site lacks services that are vital for living conditions, such as waste collection and garbage disposal. Due to the favelas being too far up from the city itself, residents are supposed to bring down their waste, where city workers are expected to pick up the garbage like they do in other areas of the city. However, the workers often avoid the slum duties due to its dangerous nature and accumulated waste. So you get the picture… The closer you get to the slums, the stronger the smell of garbage and waste.
The Poor Health of Those Living in Favelas
Because of the never-ending accumulation of waste, the favelas have a high risk for health diseases, and the rate in which it spreads are enormous. For every 100,000 people living in the slum, 380 are contaminated with tuberculosis. Now this is just one of the many spending rapidly throughout the overly populated hillsides of Brazil. Another disease found in the slums is leprosy. Over 50,000 cases a year is enough to convince you why the favelas aren’t nicest the places to visit. The poor people residing in the hillside, often go untreated increasing the danger of contamination.
Walking In The Favelas
In 2010 the government decided to establish what is now called The Rio Top Tour Project. The creating of this project was to encourage tourism in the slums, so that people from every part the world see the harsh reality, and living circumstances in which many Brazilians find themselves. Many critics debate, whether the tourism in the favelas of Rio De Janeiro is ethical towards residents and or even safe for the tourist. Nevertheless, close to 40,000 people from all over the world continue to visit every year.
By now you are probably wondering why I would visit such place. Dirty and dangerous… Not only with violence but also with risky health conditions. Well, every country has its positives, and it’s negative, but it is important to see both sides of the coins. The land is beautiful, fantastic food, relaxed and friendly people with a homelike atmosphere (In my opinion) The downside of Brazil is just the reality that we shouldn’t overlook.