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By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - With the number of individuals fleeing persecution and war reaching unprecedented levels across the globe, for many refugees, Rio de Janeiro has stood out as a welcome haven in an increasingly chaotic and hostile world.

According to the National Committee for Refugees (CONARE), Brazil currently has almost nine thousand recognized refugees in the country from eighty different nationalities.

For some refugees, the draw of Brazil, and . . .

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