The website of journalist Matt Sandy, covering South America from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Brazil

Subcontracting slavery: How big companies in Brazil get away with it+

As night fell at the Mina do Pico, a vast mountain stripped almost bare by eight decades of iron ore...

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The Fight Against Slavery in Brazil+

João Luís do Nascimento’s eyes scorched with anger as he talked. The 59-year-old father of eight had worked as a...

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Brazil, Featured

Heartache and Suffering: Slavery in Brazil+

There is a journey across the north of Brazil that few who make it ever forget. It goes from the...

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Brazil, Featured

“We will fight to the end”+

A few footsteps from the vast, peaceful waters of the Tapajós River, far beneath the canopy of the untamed jungle,...

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Brazil tries to shed image as fugitives’ haven+

The language was confident, even cocky. As convicted murderer and paedophile Phillip Smith relaxed in a hostel on a cobbled...

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Syrians find safety, hospitality in São Paulo+

Three-year-old Mirna held a doll in one hand and played with her tangled coffee-colored hair in the other. She flashed...

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Whimper ends Phillip Smith’s daring escape+

The softly spoken man who checked in to a youth hostel in a faded colonial building on a cobbled backstreet...

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Brazil, Featured

In Brazilian city, homeless face ‘extermination’+

Marcos Aurélio Nunes da Cruz, the boy who was like a little bird, died in his sleep. His cardboard deathbed...

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Gangs, militias set campaign rules in Rio favelas ahead of elections+

The election posters of Cidinha Campos, a 72-year-old deputy in Rio de Janeiro’s state legislature, show her smiling amiably at...

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