Last Wednesday (20), popular movements donated food baskets to families that are in social vulnerability. The solidarity action took place after a video that went viral on social networks last Sunday (17), where people appear picking up food from the garbage truck in an upscale neighborhood in Fortaleza.
The donation was made by the Movement of Landless Rural Workers and Workers (MST), Movement of Workers for Rights (MTD), Popular Consultation (CP), Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB) and Levante Popular da Juventude (LPJ).
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Part of the food contained in the baskets came from agrarian reform settlements and camps, such as rice, beans, pumpkin, flour, coconut, cashew sugarcane, among others.
Gene Santos, from the national leadership of the MST, says that the increase in poverty and hunger in Brazil is noticeable and this, according to him, is also very present in Ceará.
“We cannot take this naturally. It is with great indignation that we saw the images in which men and women collect food from the garbage to eat. So, in view of this situation, we are once again carrying out an action of solidarity, but mainly an action of denunciation to demonstrate that it is a serious problem that needs to be faced with public policies to solve the hunger situation”.
Gene believes that to solve the hunger situation it is necessary to have a real agrarian reform policy, “that distributes land, access to water, a policy of employment, income and housing so that the people can live with dignity”.
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Joyce Ramos, leader of the Popular Consultation reports that the Brazilian population is experiencing one of the most difficult situations in history, in which the situation of poor people in Brazil and in the state of Ceará is getting worse and worse:
“The famine, hunger as a death project of this government. With this in mind, the movements, popular organizations have been showing solidarity with the poorest families so that we can alleviate the situation of these families and think of alternatives for them to get out of poverty”.
Maria de Lourdes, a resident of the Vicente Pizon neighborhood, one of the women in the video picking up food from the garbage truck, says that “this is a common situation here. We cannot guarantee our food, so the alternative is to come and wait for the garbage car to pass, to pick up the food that is discarded by the supermarket. It’s either that or not having anything to eat. We spend the whole morning waiting in the sun and sometimes not even water to drink. We want work, lack of food, hunger knocks on our door every day, so I thank you very much for your help”.
The initiative is part of a set of solidarity actions that have been carried out since the beginning of the pandemic in conjunction with popular movements in the countryside and the city.
According to data from the Ministry of Citizenship, in Ceará, around 1 million people live in extreme poverty. In Brazil, almost 20 million are hungry.
understand the case
Recently an image gained notoriety on the internet. That of people collecting bags from one of the garbage in the Cocó region, an upscale neighborhood of Fortaleza. The case is one more example that reveals the current situation Brazil is experiencing, which is the increase in hunger, caused by several factors such as the escalation of food and gas prices, increased unemployment and the aggravated economic crisis by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Source: BoF Ceará
Edition: Francisco Barbosa