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Brazil - Hosting the World Cup

            "The World Cup is not just a great global sporting event, it is also inscribed with much deeper cultural and political importance" - Martin Jacques (Brainy Quote 1). Today, the FIFA World Cup is the most viewed sporting event in the world. The last world cup took place in the summer of 2014 in Brazil. During this event, over a million people from all around the world came to Brazil to watch this exciting event. However, some people may not know the other side of that story. Hosting such a mega sporting event requires the mobilization of the country's huge assets. In fact, this world cup was the most expensive world cup in history to take place (World Cup 2014 Facts 1). In preparation for this mega event, people in Brazil had to face terrible living standards. As a Brazilian citizen, I have many concerns for my country and its' future. What the international community needs to understand is that due to inadequate housing, poor public services, labor conditions, and security concerns, Brazil shouldn't have hosted the World Cup. .
             The World Cup has led to a major conflict in housing. In 1948, housing became one of the rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is now part of Brazil's constitution (Gomes and Wrobleski 17). This right is necessary to Brazilians, as it is essential for meeting basic needs, such as shelter and safety. However, it has been violated in Brazil during the preparation of 2014 World Cup. Housing in Brazil has always been insane, but since the world cup it's only gotten worse; people can't afford to live in their own homes; numerous homes have been destroyed; more than ever, thousands of people have been forced to relocate against their will. First of all, eviction is a huge problem when it comes to housing. Brazil is infamous for having high eviction rates, and there's no doubt that the World Cup made matters worse. Millions of citizens have no other choice but to live in favelas and there's no need to keep us away from what we call our 'homes'.

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