Brazilian Social Issues2010
By Amelia Meyer
Brazil is a beautiful country; rich in cultures, colours, flavours, languages and customs. But, as with any country in the world, Brazil has its fair share of social issues, which its people and government no doubt work hard to resolve. These issues include:• Poverty
The richest 10% of people in Brazil have access to over 40% of the country’s income. On the other hand, the poorest 10% receive about 1% of the income. This paints a grim picture for those with little or no financial stability, and visitors to the country will likely attest to the fact that the poverty is visible and tangible, even to onlookers. The stark contrast between the rich and the poor is made even clearer by the fact that these ones live alongside one another. The slums in the metropolitan, known as favelas, are common, while the remote areas upcountry are also clearly financially strained. There are several programmes and community initiatives in place to assist the hungry and the homeless, as well as to ensure that children from all areas of the communities have access to education because, although the education itself is free, there are many factors affecting whether or not children can actually access and attend these schools.