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WATCH ‘Brazil – In the Shadow of the Stadiums’; BBC Panorama Exposes Poverty Of World Cup Host

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This week, BBC’s Panorama news program debuted a new episode entitled Brazil – In The Shadow Of Stadiums, which examines the rampant prostitution and poverty that exists within view of the World Cup stadiums. It’s no wonder there’s a growing anger at Brazil for pouring billions of its money and resources into hosting the World Cup while the money could be better spent on the people, services and infrastructure of the country.

According to the program description, “Next week, the ‘beautiful game’ is coming home. Brazil, the most successful nation in football history, is hosting the 2014 World Cup. But the build-up has been overshadowed by violent protests against the spiraling cost of staging the tournament. In a country where a quarter of the population live in extreme poverty, there’s widespread anger at what’s perceived as the increasing divide between the rich and poor.

“The multi-million pound new stadiums sit alongside an epidemic of drug addiction and child prostitution. Tonight Panorama reveals the shame of a country where children as young as 12 sell their bodies for the price of a soft drink, where drug cartels control whole swathes of city centers and where the poor are feeling more dispossessed than ever before.”

In a review of the episode by the Bath Chronicle, the newspaper describes the episode as:

“Whether you’re a fan of the football or not I recommend you give this a watch if only to further your exasperation at FIFA’s inaction in the countries to whom they bestow their highest honor. This all leaves an even worse taste in the mouth if you take a look at the allegations of corruption that are already surrounding the 2022 World Cup which is, at least at time of writing, being held in Qatar.

“Don’t expect an easy ride from some of the on the ground reporting on offer but remember that FIFA has enough money to end it all tomorrow. That’s the tragedy.”

Feel free to share your observations and feedback regarding the program in the comments section below.

***The video has been removed per the request of the BBC***

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One Response to WATCH ‘Brazil – In the Shadow of the Stadiums’; BBC Panorama Exposes Poverty Of World Cup Host

  1. Todd says:

    While this programs are great and reporting about what is going on in the country is wonderful, what difference does any of it make? None of this will stop fans from going to the World Cup and it certainly won’t stop anyone from watching the matches.
    Non of this is new. Brazil has been an impoverished country for decades. This money has been spent to renovate stadiums ever since they won their bid. Perhaps watching this program will make people feel good because they are more well informed, but it doesn’t really do anything.
    Maybe it would be good to give people something they can do to help change the situation. There are a large number of charities out there:

    Including some for soccer fans:

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