Thais de Paula

"There, everyone was united and then everyone went their separate ways"

Coming from

Now living in

We left Avenida das Americas, which was known as Recreio II, and we went to Campo Grande. I lived there with my husband and two children. Jaime my husband is 30, and Gabrielle is seven, Miguel is two months old. It’s like, this house isn’t mine, it’s my mother-in-law’s, my husband is her lawyer and she let us live here, you know?

I came back from school, I was studying at the time, I was pregnant with Gabrielle at the time, and my mother said we had to leave there as it was an “area of risk,” and a road was going to be built there. They didn’t explain much, it was just like, people are going to have to leave. They said it was an area of risk, that’s all. They put us in here, and said after five years, we would get this document. They just said we had to leave, as a road was being built there. It was going to be a highway, you know?

It was despair, because people didn’t know what to do. Like, where am I going to live? Because they gave us money, but they didn’t give us anything.

There I had two big bedrooms, an enormous kitchen, a bathroom, everyone was together, but afterwards, they all separated into their own little corners. Here there are people you’ve never seen before, they are from all different places. Whether you want to or not, you have to learn to get used to them. My house had a balcony, but it wasn’t that great big house, you know? Coming here was good on the one hand, but on the other, it was really bad.

Everything is much further away. I don’t like it much here at all. It’s difficult. There are a lot of things you can’t talk about, you know? A lot of bad things. It’s not a place for children. There is nothing fun for them to do here.

[child] I miss it.

[What do you miss?]

[child] I miss the Aquatic Park. Because you could have a lot of fun there. Here there is only a bit.

Reporter: Giulia Afiune e Mariana Simões

Photographer: Giulia Afiune e Mariana Simões | Edição: Matheus Wenna

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