Brazil officials evicting families from homes ahead of 2016 Olympic Games

Bruce Douglas – The Guardian, 10/28/2015

After 75 years living in the same house in a busy neighbourhood in the heart of Rio de Janeiro’s North Zone, 88-year-old Arlette Rosa José struggled to adapt to life on the distant fringes of the city.

Along with another 385 families in the area, she and her daughter were forced from their home when city hall ordered their removal to make way for a high-speed bus lane linking the international airport with Barra da Tijuca, the neighbourhood that will host most of the 2016 Olympic Games venues.

Complications over the legal status of the property mean the Josés have yet to receive any compensation. And with no money, the family has moved to an area where the rent is affordable, over 30km away from their original home.

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