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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - 'I got nauseous from the smell at various points,' says activist Vladimir Brichta, who flew over the area in a helicopter and claims that even at 300 meters the smell is overwhelming.

On the eve of St. Sebastian's Day (January 20th) celebrations, the patron saint of Rio is in need of many blessings. Even the waters that are shown on one of the most iconic postcards of the city have become a symbol of neglect.

Botafogo Beach seems to have become a sewage depot, supplied by decades of broken promises and abandoned projects to clean . . .

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