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Photo: Katarzyna Górka

"What I like about here is that at least we have food. When you work, for a daily wage you can afford something to eat." - Josbelys

by Rafaela Gomes

In our conversation, Josbelys, carrying her 7-days-old daughter in her arms, remembers what her life was like in Venezuela before the crisis and how her family used to gather on the weekends to have fun and go to the beach together. At the age of 19, after graduating from high school in Margarita Island, where is she from in Venezuela, she devoted most of her time to the care of her 4-year-old daughter. She defines herself as a good person who does not like things done with bad intent.  Josbelys recalls making the decision to come to Brazil on a long and tiring bus trip that took three days, seeking refuge, shortly before giving birth. The decision was motivated by the shortage of supplies caused by the ongoing crisis in her country and because it became increasingly difficult to find even basic groceries. Also, to give birth in a hospital that had at least the basic supplies, something she no longer expected to find in Venezuela, The financial condition of the family was also very precarious at that moment. In Brazil, she hopes to achieve some stability. The young woman says that for the time being she intends to stay in Brazil, but dreams of a future in which she can return to her family in Venezuela. Josbelys believes her stay in Brazil is temporary as her country still has a chance of being rebuilt. “The same way it has collapsed, it can rise up” she says.