Millions in Brazil thrown back into poverty as pandemic aid dries up

Rio de Janeiro-based think tank Getulio Vargas Foundation estimates that 12.8% of Brazil’s population — some 27 million people — are now living below the poverty line of R$246 a month, the most since the series began a decade ago.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Tatiana Araujo de Sirqueira, a 33-year old single mother of six, and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro are almost neighbors. But they inhabit different universes.

Sirqueira lives by a landfill less than a mile from the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, along with 36 other families, and scrapes together cash by recycling trash.

She is one of Brazil’s 40 million or so “invisibles,” a term coined by Economy Minister Paulo Guedes for those without formal employment who had flown largely under the radar of Brazil’s government - and society.

“I live beside the president. I . . .

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