Rosangela Jesus Diamantina

"They separated families that had gotten used to living together."

Coming from
Favela Metrô-Mangueira Favela Metrô-Mangueira

Now living in
Metrô Condomínio Mangueira 1 Metrô Condomínio Mangueira 1

I went to live in Metro Mangueira when I was 15. They took people out of there for works associated with the World Cup. It was in 2011, they took us out before the World Cup, one year or so before. They said they were building a car park, that no one could stay there. But there is still a mechanic’s, there are people living there. There are people who were squatting there until they got an apartment, and now there are people squatting there again. If they don’t knock it down, others end up moving in. The favela is still there, in other words.

They sent us here, but a lot of people went to Cosmos. They seperated families that had got used to living together, and mixed them with people who they didn’t even know, from far away. I thought it was bad, as I was used to the people there. And we are paying for things here which we didn’t have to pay for there. A lot of people who came here can’t afford it. It’s getting tight for all of us, to pay for water, energy, and the money I get doesn’t cover it. They don’t let us work during these mega events, you have to put a request in, and the municipal guards come, and order everyone to go. So we all come back, and they send us away again. We are trying to get a licence to work there. But I still haven’t got it.
I depended on it, but I haven’t got anything else, my daughter too. They took out the house which had a bedroom for me, one for my daughter, and one for my son. There’s not much room here, for my son, and my daughter. I would like to get a bigger house. My daughter has to sleep in the living room, because there is no bedroom for her. When we first got here, there were a lot of water leaks. It wasn’t the way it is now. We had to make it better with our own money.I don’t know if you’ve been in the other apartments, but some didn’t have the kitchen wall fitted, they put it in any old way, so we had to do everything with our own money, buy everything ourselves. They could have moved us down below, there, built houses on the same site. I didn’t like moving to an apartment. Look, I liked it there. I liked it because it’s good here, but there I had space, and that’s what I don’t have here, I miss it a lot. I miss the people, I lost my friendships and I miss them, that’s all.

Reporter: Mariana Simões, Lara Norgaard

Photographer: Mariana Simões

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