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August 15, 2006 by cosmoakacitizensmith

This is Olga and her mum Binha. We got talking to Binha on the last night we were at the camp.

She comes from a favela in Sâo Paulo. She left there and joined the MST a few years ago. She says she misses her family and friends and the favela, but she made the right decision to come here.

Like I said, many of those who got displaced from the countryside in the 60s and 70s went to the cities to find work and ended up in favelas, where all the drug gangs are.

Maria Helena, whom we spoke to earlier, says that the MST is trying to get people out of the favelas and back in the countryside, away from that kind of lifestyle.


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