Peace and Love are words that we are usually asked to paint on people’s walls, and once again, it was the case here in Santo Amaro, Rio de Janeiro. Universal values !
We just got to Rio De Janeiro for a new episode of our Share The Word Project. We’ve started to work in Santo Amaro, a favela situated close to the center of Rio de Janeiro and the famous Flamengo beach. It has a population of about 6000 people, and like many favelas it is built on a hill.
“We all need love !” – Usum, Erythrean refugee and nightclub owner in the Jungle refugee camp.
“My name is Sali, I’m from Teheran, Iran. I left my country because I had no freedom there. The Islamic regime has a special police force spying on everything we do. I’ll never go back to my country, now that I have left, I’m on the black list.”
“My name is Ali, I come from Kobanê, in Syria’s Kurdistan. I was a student in English literature but I wasn’t able to carry on because of the war. I hope that I will be able to study in the UK. I left Kobanê when the terrostists of Daesh came and invaded us. It was very hard to leave, I don’t know how to explain this but I love my city, it’s my soil, my people. We have had enough of Daech, enough of the war, we want all this to stop. I love my city and I’d like you to write its name on my house.”