Creuza de Jesus Diamantina

"Lots of houses were knocked down. Even the Lord's house was knocked down."

Coming from
Favela Metrô-Mangueira Favela Metrô-Mangueira

Now living in
Metrô Condomínio Mangueira 1 Metrô Condomínio Mangueira 1

They sent us all away from there. That was a long time ago, three or four years. We went to City Hall to hear a meeting there, I took all my documents, we did everything properly. They said now, everyone will have to leave, all the houses were going to go down. They knocked everything down, nothing stayed. The last thing that went was the church. Though there are still some houses left there. They wanted to send us to Cosmos, but I didn’t want to go. I said, if you want to take me out of here, where I’m close to the doctor’s, to everything, where am I going to get treatment there? But I’m here, I’m good, thank God. I’ve got my little house, humble as it is. My house is better, this little apartment, with its two bedrooms. My grandson of 15 sleeps here, even though he lives in Magueira 2. I stay here, doing my things, go to my church, to be close to my God. If I could work, I would, but I can’t as I have a problem with my vision, and I can’t walk around anymore alone. I have to get someone to take me with them if I want to go for a walk. I have always tried to do what is right, and bring my children up that way. I worked in a family’s house. When my children got to 16, they went to find their own way, and I ended up on my own, you know? I’m here alone with my God. I am just living my life.
I moved there in 1983, and I didn’t leave again until 2011, when I came here. I saw a lot of sadness there, a lot of horrible things. That was where I lost my children, so I don’t like to think about it. I take the attitude in life that my Father will guide me, thank God. I have to look after myself, I have to love myself. If I don’t love myself, I am nobody. We have to love ourselves in life.

Reporter: Lara Norgaard | Edição: Mariana Simões

Photographer: Lara Norgaard

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