FIFA World Cup Forces Homelessness on Thousands of Children

FIFA World Cup Forces Homelessness on Thousands of Children

The FIFA World Cup has forced homelessness on hundreds of thousands of people in Brazil, including vulnerable children, the sick and the elderly. The Al Jazeera network reports that over a quarter million people have been forcibly removed from their homes via eviction and countless more are still being threatened with forced removal to make way for World Cup related structures, including roads and other public facilities.

Just a few months ago, government officials destroyed an entire neighborhood of homes, tearing them down to build a highway for the FIFA World Cup. This left families devastated with nowhere to live. Forced into the streets, the elderly have been sleeping on the rubble left behind from the demolition of their residences. In some cases, they were given just five days to evacuate, and were offered little to no compensation in exchange for the properties they once owned.

For many Brazilians who have been able to remain in their houses, the cost of living has been driven up to unbearable extremes. Rents have risen by hundreds of dollars—an amount that makes staying in the home prohibitive for many. The FIFA World Cup has forced homelessness on thousands of children and has left countless more in abject poverty. Brazilians struggling to make ends meet are not celebrating the games at all. Instead, the homeless are embittered over how they have been treated by the government.

American public apathy about the situation in Brazil is stunning; there has been little coverage by the mainstream U.S. media of the devastation. U.S. citizens, for the most part, show little concern over the plight of homeless caused by the FIFA World Cup. One woman watching the games from a salon in the U.S. said “Their ‘homes’ were torn down’? HA! Those so-called homes were nothing more than cardboard boxes anyway.”

That is not the case. Hundreds of thousands of people have watched as their houses, made of typical home construction materials, not cardboard, have been ripped down to make way for rich soccer fans to enjoy the games. Now, the homeless have set up massive “shantytowns”–tent cities on the edges of Porto Alegre , Rio De Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Over ten thousand people have marched to the stadiums to demand some compensation or housing for themselves and their families.

Those who have been displaced will join Brazil’s 1.8 million homeless who are forced to make their beds on the streets every night. According to reports, the number of people who have been made homeless because of the FIFA World Cup exceeds a quarter million. However, a basic search for news about this issue makes it clear that nearly all the reports have been revealed by the foreign press rather than any U.S. news outlets.

Whatever the reason for the silence on the part of the U.S. mainstream news media, the facts do not change. The FIFA World Cup has forced homelessness on thousands of people including many children who are now forced to bed down on the concrete and dirt that remain where their homes once stood. The deafening silence by the U.S. news media about the plight of these children and the roaring din of public apathy has drowned out the cheers of the privileged as they watch their teams soar to victory on the broken backs of the poor.

Opinion By: Rebecca Savastio



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International Business News

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9 Responses to "FIFA World Cup Forces Homelessness on Thousands of Children"

  1. Elroy Masias   February 27, 2019 at 2:34 pm

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  2. mau   June 29, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Well Fifa is not the perfect organization people believe, but let’s face the true. But I can say about sao paulo, because I live in, I know well Itaquera (do you?), and the favela nearby the stadium was there for several years abd because of that many houses owner have to leave because favela proximity made their houses worth nothing. The favela was made by wood. , not bricks. And the “Movimento sem teto” make all effort to to transform invaders in heros. Off course they need support, but they disagree if you want to move then to other district cus they want to bhe there close to stadium. No naive. There are yes fathers and mothers there very honest, also social movement s behind all manipulation. There are victims and guiltyies. Dont put all in same bag.

  3. Stacy   June 26, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Not sure why they keep mentioning the US when the US government is not to blame. Very sad though.

  4. Gina Mindock   June 25, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Here is something that will make you throwup – How FIFA is trying to let the world know how Socially Responsible they are – make sure you get a bucket before you start reading as it is so nauseating –

  5. Gina Mindock   June 25, 2014 at 11:09 am

    This is absolutely heartbreaking to me, I need to do something. What? At this moment I do not know, but something! This is absolutely disgusting treatment of people.

  6. conrad   June 24, 2014 at 10:41 am

    sad to hear about the people in brazil, but why is the game more important than the people i do not understand…

  7. Booty Booty Ghali   June 24, 2014 at 5:30 am

    There`s NOTHING new here…the SAME thing occurs at EVERY venue that is not part of the affluent nations and even then it occurs in other ways…the World Cup is also utterly ridden with corrupt offiicials.

  8. yvonne caraballo   June 23, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Brazil’s governmnet has no heart for the homeless, the sick and the needy,to burn the little they had was so wrong. people with money. thinks it is thier power. people with authority think they can take away from you. beat you & kill you. to put fear in your heart.. there is a good side of Brazil and there is a very dark side. Brazil will get paid back with all thier dirty deeds. especially the one’s who are responsible of placing harsh orders on the disadvantage.

  9. sonya ash pryor   June 23, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Sports greed, creating more sex trafficking victims.


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