Cup of little cheer

Cup of little cheer

Brazilians celebrated in the streets in 2007 after being named hosts of this summer's football World Cup. Yet protests against the decision are continuing even now.

A poll held last month shows less than half of Brazilians support hosting the World Cup. Despite the country's rapid development over the past decade, poverty is a pressing issue.

Most people believe the US$14 billion spent on the World Cup should have been used to improve Brazil's healthcare, education and transportation.

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff raised welfare payments on May 1, including a 10 per cent rise for the nation's 36 million unemployed people or low-earners. The minimum wage was also increased.

I hope the government continues to help poor people in future.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Cup of little cheer


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