Humans of Recife

As is the trend, the Humans of New York theme spread to other cities and within the last year or so, it arrived in Brazil. The latest is Humans of Recife. Below, I’ll translate a few of the recent posts, of which there are three new ones per day (about 30 total, so far).


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“I am a shoe-shiner and a percussion teacher. Once a guy came up to me, took off his shoes and said: “Shine it, shine it!” Only his smelly feet were so smelly that I stopped shining his shoes. He even offerred me R$50 but I said that the shining session was over and I got away from there as quick as I could. I never smelt feet like that in my life.”

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“When I found out I was adopted, my mom told me that my father had 22 children. I was the 23rd.” (See the rest of this guy’s story, PT)

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“I lost my mom during Carnival, my kids are so bad they don’t give anything to me. I won’t be found on their doorstep asking for anything becaue they won’t give it to me. At the end of the year, I asked my son for a plate of food, he said: “I’ll go get it, be right back” and he never returned. I can’t expect anything from them, but God does because he is really big. I cried from hate because I asked for R$2 and he didn’t give it to me. The rich people on the street sometimes give me R$20.”

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“We have a beautiful city with touristic potential, a big city, from an architectural and cultural point of view, with its music, its dances…The massification process and the importation of neighboring cultures is decharacterizing our Pernambucan culture. Once I even saw a Barbie doll in the place of a Calunga which is that doll with a maracatu dress, representative of the sacred land, spiritual entities, that should be black and with a strange dressing, not a Barbie, symbol of capitalism. I’m a sociologist and I’m horrified seeing people’s identity being destroyed. The new generations aren’t going to know what is theirs as time goes on, since the necessary attention to tradition wasn’t given to them. People aren’t to blame for not knowing their city, the ones to blame are the authorities who don’t give importance to the preservation and dissemination of our culture.”


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