Brazil marks 20 years since Candelaria child massacre
By Donna Bowater
Over the last 20 years, slowly at first but increasingly conspicuously, Yvonne Bezerra de Mello’s phone has fallen silent.
For two decades, Ms Mello, 66, has kept the same landline number at her spacious apartment in an affluent beachside area of Rio de Janeiro so that survivors of one of the worst child massacres in Brazil’s history could keep in touch.
More than 60 young children sleeping rough outside Candelaria church in central Rio escaped alive after police summarily opened fire on them on a winter night in 1993. Eight children and teenagers died.
„I never changed my home number so in the first 10 years, they called me all the time,“ Ms Mello says, sipping camomile tea.
„I was in touch with the survivors for many years. Many of them have died. Little by little, they don’t call any more. So the end was tragic.“…
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