Brazil's Street Children (Meninos de Rua) Analytical Essay

Brazil's Street Children (Meninos de Rua)
Looks at the plight of Brazil's thousands of homeless street children (meninos de rua) from an anthropological perspective.
# 144846 | 1,700 words | 4 sources | APA | 2004 | US

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This paper details the causes and dangers of the homeless street children (meninos de rua) epidemic in Brazil and compares this environment to a child's life of extreme poverty in Brazil's shantytowns, favelas. Next, the author points out the street children have unique support networks, galeras in which the children look after one another. The paper concludes that the life of children on the streets may be better for many children in comparison to the living conditions in the favelas. To solve the problem of the meninos de rua, the Brazilian government must solve the economic inequality that creates the favelas.

From the Paper:

"In 1993, eight meninos de rua were shot and killed as they slept on the steps of the Candelaria church in Rio de Janeiro. A garbage collector witnessed the attack and identified three military policemen as the killers. One officer was sentenced to thirty years in prison for the murders, but the other two men were acquitted. This incident, known as the Candelaria Massacre, was largely responsible for widespread media attention that was focused on the police death squads that killed many street children in the mid-1990s. The ensuing media frenzy brought the world's attention to Brazil."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Diminstein, Gilberto 1994 Little Girls of the Night. In NACLA Report on the Americas. Vol. XXVII:29-34.
  • Green, Duncan 1998 Hidden Lives Voices of Children in Latin America and the Caribbean. London: Cassell.
  • Hecht, Tobias 1998 At Home in the Street: Street Children of Northeast Brazil. Cambridge: Press Syndicate of the University of Cambridge.
  • Scheper-Hughes, Nancy and Daniel Hoffman 1994 Kids Out of Place. In NACLA Report on the Americas. Vol. XXVII:16-23.

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