Connect with us

People

Rio De Janeiro Gangs Hand Out Food and Medication To Help The Poor

Who would have thought that the gangs in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas could mean the salvation to Brazil’s most impoverished?

Margaret Tionquiao

Posted

(

)

brazil-gangs
A A A
  • Gangs at the Rio de Janeiro favelas are once again taking over the streets to stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Instead of peddling drugs and weapons, they are delivering food and medical supplies.
  • Despite threats from the police, the gangs are also helping people from breaking curfews and restaurants from putting out tables.

As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to ravage the world, the gangs which Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro pledged to crush “like cockroaches” are taking over the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Instead of peddling narcotics, however, they are now out and about to push curfews, social distance, and food packs for the needy citizens.  

“We fear the virus, not Bolsonaro,” says an unnamed gang member. “We can’t count exactly how many have already died. The hospitals kill more than if you stay home and take care of yourself.”

brazil-gangs-rio-de-janeiro

The drug-smuggling gangs are giving food and medical supplies to one of Rio’s most socially isolated and inaccessible communities. With Brazil’s COVID-19 casualties continually going up, alcohol gel, medication and cash handouts are all necessities.

An unnamed gang member said:

“Doctors from the community are helping the sick people voluntarily. We can’t ease it… we’ve seen a lot of death.”

brazil-gangs-rio-de-janeiro

He likewise added that the “isolation is going well” despite the fact that enforcing quarantine is not easy. “It’s not a small thing” and even the president is “disregarding it.”

rio-de-janeiro

They think the local communities should have access to some support since the poor re often deprived of much-needed assistance.  

rio-de-janeiro

In response, they have taken to delivering goods to the people. Their first deliveries had been to a manicurist who has been out of work for months. They also brought supplies to a street vendor who is having a hard time due to lack of sales. They barred the restaurants from putting out their tables, too.

rio-de-janeiro

Locals said the Rio de Janeiro favelas have become much quieter since people are still afraid because of the numerous deaths.

rio-de-janeiro

However, many residents who mostly work for the wealthier neighborhoods are likely to spread the virus.

View Comments

People

Meet “Plant Daddy,” A Guy Who Spent $5,000 Buying 200 Species of House Plants

He prefers living with plants than people.

Mark Andrew

Published

on

  • California guy Cyril Sontillano has been dubbed as the "Plant Daddy."
  • He has spent $5,000 in his "addiction" and now has over 200 species of houseplants in his collection.

Continue Reading

People

Man Gives Grandmother Mouth-to-Mouth As A Last Attempt To Save Her Life

She had COVID-19 but he didn’t even hesitate.

Margaret Tionquiao

Published

on

grandmother-covid-19

  • A 30-year-old pilot was photographed trying to save his grandmother at the parking lot of the General Hospital of Mexico. 
  • He left his grandmother in the car but found her unconscious when he returned.
  • This shook the man enough that he did a mouth-to-mouth resuscitation attempt, despite the fact that his grandmother was infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Continue Reading

People

“Pandemic of Love” Connects 150,000 People In Need To Those Who Can Help

“Love is a two-way street. Remember the giver and receiver can benefit from its gifts.”

Margaret Tionquiao

Published

on

pandemic-of-love

  • Shelly Tygielski, a mindfulness teacher from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, started a local online grassroot initiative known as the Pandemic of Love.
  • They had gained $13 million in funds and 150,000 in connections.
  • As of press time, the Pandemic of Love has spread to 16 countries, all with the same purpose of bridging the needy and the ones who can help.

Continue Reading

Popular