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Activist farmers in Brazil step in to feed the hungry and aid the sick

In the absence of federal aid, landless movements mobilized massive structures of farms, doctors, and schools to aid needy populations during the pandemic

Activist farmers in Brazil step in to feed the hungry and aid the sick
Farm in Marilia, Sao Paulo. Photo: Alf Ribeiro/Shutterstock

For months, President Jair Bolsonaro has insisted the coronavirus is not a serious threat. Beyond decreeing a nationwide state of calamity in mid-March, his government has left 209 million Brazilians largely without federal help during the pandemic. Brazil has the most confirmed Covid-19 cases in Latin America: 254,220 infections and 16,792 deaths as of May 18. Nevertheless, Mr. Bolsonaro continues shaking hands, hugging supporters, urging the country to reopen. 

And he has pushed out two Health Ministers for promoting social distancing.

Some state governors are defying the right-wing president’s calls to restart the economy, and Congress recently approved...

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