Marco Antônio

"They wanted to take advantage of the space to build parking for the World Cup"

Coming from
Favela Metrô-Mangueira Favela Metrô-Mangueira

Now living in
Metrô Condomínio Mangueira 1 Metrô Condomínio Mangueira 1

My name is Marcos Antonio dos Santos Goncalves. I lived in the famous Metro, in the Magueira complex, at the bottom, you know. They wanted to take advantage of the space to build parking for the World Cup, that whole thing, so they made this proposal to us. For housing, how to deal with the space. A lot of people went to Cosmos, they were afraid to lose everything, and the rest stayed and waited for some time. They left it in God’s hands to see if something better would come along, and thank God, we did get it. The rest of us are here, it’s much better, it has basic sanitation, it has everything, a better infrastructure, better parking, a place for the children, they can grow up safely.

Everything was going normally, we were working on a second floor [on their home], then we had this order from City Hall. But there it was also bad, it didn’t have any sanitation. They said it was an invasion, but there we didn’t have any sanitation at all. There were several hospitals, but apart from that, the sanitation left a lot to be desired.

I lived there for 10 years. They went there and registered all the houses, marking them. At the beginning, I was a bit doubtful, because a long time ago, they said they were going to remove us but they didn’t. Then people started going to Cosmos, and so I registered myself, as they were giving buildings, so I asked for a building. I took advantage of it, and thank god, I moved here, thank god, it’s a peaceful place too.

When they demolished my house, it was winter, I went there afterwards to see if it had really been demolished, and everything was on the ground. I was there a long time, had a lot of links there, family too, so in that sense, it affects you, you know? I’ve been here now for a year, two years, several years. I do miss it, it’s the place where I lived, where I grew up, family, all those good things. I’ve got my memories, but it was a move for the better, you know.

[What music reminds you of the house where you used to live?]

Let’s put on some funk. “I just want to be happy, to walk through calmly through the favela where I was born…” [Rap da Felicidade, Cindinho e Doca].

But today, I can say I’m much calmer, the children didn’t have this moment of freedom there. Nowadays, they do, they can play as much as they like. Before, they had to stay in the house, but now we have a doorman, there is more security, a better infrastructure.

Reporter: Luís Gustavo Soares (4o período) e Gabriel Santiago (1o período)

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