During the pandemic, the mental health of many shantytowns and favelas were hit hard by Covid-19. Police operations continued to happen within these communities along with lack of employment, food and little government assistance. In the midst of a pandemic that has killed over 400,000 people, 45,000 in Rio de Janeiro alone, 25 people have so far been murdered in a violent police massacre operation in the Jacarezinho favela, in the North Zone of Rio de Janeiro. Jacarezinho favela has the most black and poor residents in Rio de Janeiro, which is a black population affected most by the psychological trauma of the pandemic.
Since Brazilian media propaganda sits with in a hegemonic light, reinforcing the criminalization of poverty and people of color this action has been viewed as way was to propel a higher number of deaths. This is the second largest slaughter in the history of Rio de Janeiro. These actions don’t take place in upscale neighborhoods in the southern zone that promote parties with high drug consumption or in luxury condominiums that store hundreds of lethal weapons.
The community members state, there is no other justification than the extermination of the black and poor population under Bolosonaro’s reign. Currently representatives of the favela alongside the Human Rights Commission of Alerj, an OAB Lawyers Committee and community leaders are assembling the necessary measures to demonstrate to the world what is truly going on in the favelas of Brazil.
Thinking of health as an instrument that directly impacts the socio-cultural development of the population, this nucleus aims to strengthen the favela communities, carrying out activities in the field of health, with emphasis on mental health to combat the structure that impoverishes the black and poor population.