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  • Gustavo Driau

Afro-Brazilian rural communities supported by FLD-CAPA

The Quilombola communities are descendants of Afro-Brazilian slaves who defended their lives, in the 18th and 19th centuries, fleeing to the jungle.

Quilombola communities have struggled against inequality and neglect by the government for centuries. Quilombos often lack running water, basic sanitation, and health services.

Now, the pandemic is exacerbating inequalities. As the number of Coronavirus infections rises in Brazil, fear is taking hold in Quilombola communities.

Most Coronavirus infections in Brazil have occurred in large urban areas, but the pandemic is rapidly penetrating remote parts of the Amazon and the rural regions.

The pandemic only aggravates a situation that was already very bad

Quilombos from all over Brazil share their fears about COVID-19. For the worse, in the media, the Quilombola communities are not mentioned as a high-risk group, society and the media make Afro-Brazilian communities invisible.

Quilombola communities have rarely had government support, and there is a lack of social, educational, and health care, as well as the provision of community land, basic sanitation, and transportation infrastructure activities.

There are about 6,000 Quilombola communities in Brazil, and many do not have running water, making it very difficult for people to take basic preventive measures against COVID-19, such as washing their hands.

Partly because they lack electricity and computers, quilombo residents find it difficult to receive the basic emergency income ($ 104) a month,

which the government is paying to workers in the informal economy during the pandemic.

Some of the problems in Quilombola communities stem from "institutional racism" because the authorities are not giving poor and black communities the same priority as richer and white communities.

There is inequality in the way the Coronavirus is being addressed between urban areas. In rural black communities, it will have an overwhelming impact, when the disease spreads there with the same speed and mortality as in the cities.

The FLD (Lutheran Foundation of Diakonia-CAPA) program supports Quilombola communities in San Lourenco do Sul, near Pelotas.

The FLD program promotes agroecological production and the sustainable management of Quilombola communities through the installation of orchards, and agroforestry systems of conventional vegetables. T

The program promotes food sovereignty and access to healthy food, with an emphasis on the participation of women.

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