Journal of Haiti and the Americas

Brazil: inflation at the heart of concerns 3 months before the presidential election

Audio 7:30 p.m.

In February 2021, inflation stood at 5.20% over the last 12 months, its highest level since January 2017 in Brazil.

(Illustrative image) © NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP

By: Marion Cazanove

2 mins

Brazil is the third country in Latin America most affected by inflation, behind Venezuela and Argentina with an increase of 12% in one year.

Gasoline, diesel, foodstuffs… prices are rising, but wages are not, which is forcing Brazilians to change their consumption habits.

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If the government sends aid to the poorest households, it is not enough to improve the daily lives of Brazilians.

Lorena is a street vendor.

At the microphone of our correspondent

Sarah Cozzolino

, she explains that she must do without certain foods now: “ 

Meat, cheese… there are things that we can no longer consume.

I have been unemployed for five years.

So I do what I can, some days I sell a little better, others less.

And that's how I survive.

Because here we don't live, we survive 

”.

The inflation records are primarily explained by external factors, according to economists: the pandemic has slowed production and the war in Ukraine has pushed up the prices of wheat, gas and especially oil.

33 million people suffer from hunger

 ,” said human rights lawyer Carmen Diniz.

“ 

And we have 120 million people who are food insecure, that is, they eat today without knowing if they will eat tomorrow

 ”.

According to a poll, one in four Brazilians say they lack food at home… former President Lula has made purchasing power one of his main campaign themes.

A theme that will weigh in the presidential election, which will take place in October 2022.

United States: States clarify their anti-abortion laws

Women living in a state where abortion is now prohibited, will they be able to travel to another state to have an abortion?

Nothing is less certain, points out the Washington Post today.

Several anti-abortion groups are drafting bills that could pass in Republican-led states

 ," the newspaper wrote.

These texts aim to prevent American women from crossing state lines to have an abortion.

Others would allow individuals to sue anyone who helps a woman terminate a pregnancy.

Haiti: insecurity puts schools at risk

“ 

Haiti, more and more, is losing its attractiveness for foreign tourists as well as for its diaspora.

The country is also losing its pupils, its students and part of its chances of creating a new generation

 ”.

This is what Frantz Duval, editor-in-chief of Le Nouvelliste, writes in an editorial.

He points out the consequences of the Haitian crisis on education.

Schools are open in dotted lines, which leads parents to send their children to school abroad, especially in the Dominican Republic.

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