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Brazil: War on Children is a journey through the underworld of Brazil's ten million street children. The author interweaves first-hand reportage, interviews and statistics to paint a picture of life for the children. He discovers a world of pimps, muggers, prostitutes and petty criminals; homeless children who live in fear of sudden death at the hands of the off-duty police and other vigilantes who make up Brazil's death squads.
Dimenstein interviews the Church workers who risk becoming death squad targets themselves by befriending the children and trying to bring them hope. He also talks to the authorities who turn a blind eye, to the killers and to the children themselves. An introduction by Jan Rocha, the Guardian's Brazil correspondent, shows how the children are just the most visible casualties of one of the most inequal societies in the world. It describes the impact of the policies of President Fernando Collor de Mello on Brazil's poor.
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Jan Rocha has lived in Brazil for nearly 30 years. Since 1974 she has been a reporter for the BBC World Service, covering Brazil and other South American countries. Between 1984 and 1994, she was a newspaper correspondent in Brazil. She is the author of "Brazil in Focus" and "Murder in the Rainforest".Language Notes:
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Portugese
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