A survey by the Fogo Cruzado Institute found that nine children were shot in the metropolitan region of Rio de Janeiro in 2021. Three of them did not survive.
According to the study, the number of people shot in this age group, until October 12 this year, is 55% lower than in the same period in 2020 and 2019, when there were 20 victims in both.
Of the nine children shot in 2021, two were shot during police actions and operations, another two in attempted murder, and two more in attacks on civilians.
According to Cecília Coimbra, director of Fogo Cruzado, despite the reduction in numbers, the state continues to fail to protect children.
“A lot is said about child protection, but very little is done. The data show that they are being wounded, killed, that they have psychological problems, but little or nothing is done by those who have a constitutional duty to ensure healthy growth and guaranteed rights for these little citizens”, he says.
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Fogo Cruzado points out that in just over five years, 103 children were shot in Greater Rio and 30 of them died, including babies, shot in the mother’s lap.
For those who live in a favela, the risk is even greater. According to the report, 62% of children were affected in favelas in the last five years.
The institute also emphasizes that police operations, often carried out without the least preparation to preserve lives and avoid clashes in densely populated areas, meant that 31 of the 64 children shot in these locations were hit during police operations and actions.
Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro
Edition: Jaqueline Deister