Maria Elisandra do Nascimento

"When I gave birth I had to walk all the way to the highway full of pain. The Transoeste transit system didn't exist yet."

Coming from
Vila Harmonia Vila Harmonia

Now living in
MCMV - Condomínio Terni: Estrada dos Caboclos, 1185, Campo Grande MCMV - Condomínio Terni: Estrada dos Caboclos, 1185, Campo Grande

Maria Elisandra do Nascimento, 42.

[Tell me the names of your children and their ages] There is Caique Nascimento Silva, Taina Nascimento Silva, Caroline Nascimento Santos, and Carlos Eduardo Nascimento Franca. The other one is eight, the girl is 22, he is three and she is four.

I had this here, but I did my pre-natal in Recreio. And I managed to go to XX, but they did it. if it had taken any longer, he would have been born while I was on the way. The Transoeste highway didn’t exist then, you had to go over the mountains. It was horrible, it took a very long time. I left here at about 10am, 10.20am, something like that. I had her at 1.20pm in the afternoon. To have her, I walked up to the road, full of pain. I waited for the bus, which in those days was the 54 which went over the mountains. I got to Recreio, then I had to get another bus to the Lourenco Jorge hospital. It was about 12.50pm when I got to the maternity ward. When I got there, at a bit after one I had her. If it had been any later…

Everyone knew each other there, everyone was friends, you didn’t have there what you have here. You didn’t have these fights, these stabbings, none of that. It was very peaceful. I loved it, I loved it so much. I love Recreio. But what can you do? We were put here. It’s like, when you find work somewhere, a lot of the time, they don’t want you, because of the distance. I’m unemployed, my husband is unemployed at the moment. So it’s difficult.

We were there in that villa for 20 years. Just that what they did, we didn’t have any choice. Either we came [here], or went without [a place], because we thought they would put us somewhere closer, but they brought us here. They offered us compensation, but with my house, for example, what am I going to do with 12,000? They put us here, or we were to accept the money. What would we do with 12,000? Nothing, you know? So what I mean is, they brought us here, showed us what it was like, and in the beginning, we believed in it a lot. Because of the house, you know, which was good. So it ended up that we came, they knocked down our house, and on the same day, they took out our furniture, and they knocked it down.

My children came too, the youngest. Carlos Eduardo, who was the youngest at the time, started crying. I didn’t like it. These two, they understand a lot. He asked:  why are they knocking down our house? Even more so, because he didn’t know about this place here. The whole time here, he would say mum, let’s go home to our house. He didn’t think this was his house. It took time for him to understand that this was his house.

Reporter: Natalia Viana

Photographer: Natalia Viana

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