Weekly Show

Fundamentalists harass 10 year old rape victim for having a legal abortion

Also featured: Landless families evicted from abandoned land, sanitation and the rise of indigenous Youtubers

Brasil de Fato | São Paulo (SP) |
Journalist José Bernardes hosts our weekly English-language show featuring the latest news and fun facts about Brazil - Screen capture/Brasil de Fato

This week in What’s Happening in Brazil, we analyze the case of a 10 year old rape victim who was a victim of smears and threats by religious fundamentalists, breaking the law by exposing her identity. The ugliness of what transpired cannot be overstated. The little girl, who was abused since age six, is protected under the law and had an abortion procedure performed without being harmed. Find out who the extremists who called her an assassin are.

In our Story of the Week segment, we take a look into the daily lives of some of the country’s most essential laborers – trash collectors. The sector is facing a double whammy of problems, with budget and staff cuts only worsening their continual exposure to covid-19 through the handling society’s trash.

Our Culture Talk section highlights the rise of indigenous youtubers and the impact, as well as need for this type of activity throughout the country. Often ignored by authorities and victims of land grabs and violence, these communities still struggle with stereotypes and prejudice that began hundreds of years ago.

Finally, to end things with what has become a What’s Happening in Brazil tradition, we play you some  Brazilian music and teach you a delicious local recipe.

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Edited by: Ítalo Piva