The discovery of an indigenous girl's body hanging from a tree in Bororó de Dourados was as grim as it was familiar for Brazil's Guarani-Kaiowá tribe, which has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, according to a new report. Ahead of World Mental Health Day on Thursday, figures from Survival International suggest that the Guarani-Kaiowá are 34 times more likely to kill themselves than Brazil's national average. This has prompted warnings that a "silent genocide" is under way. The community of 31,000 people, mostly based in the south-western state of Mato Grosso do Sul, is plagued by alcoholism, depression, poverty and violence after losing its ancestral lands to ranchers and biofuel farmers. The problem is decades-old, but Survival says the rate has increased in recent years. Since the start of the century, one suicide has been reported on average almost every week. Almost all are hangings, with ropes, belts or cloth. Most are young. The latest victim, on … [Read more...] about Brazil tribe plagued by one of the highest suicide rates in the world
Wednesday night was due to be a celebration in Fortaleza. This north-eastern coastal city was the first in Brazil to complete its World Cup stadium in readiness for the 2014 contest. Things didn't quite work out as planned. "After the first teargas bomb, my brother and I ran with a few others to flee the police," said Julia Lopes, 27, who was among 30,000 local people demonstrating before the Brazilian national side's showcase Confederations Cup match against Mexico. "My husband Pedro ran in the opposite direction. Later I met him – he had a swollen eye. "Brazil is experiencing something very big and we cannot completely understand it now. During the demonstration we saw many claims, not only concerning the World Cup, but some that were more political. Some were clear and others vague. People were definitely asking: who is the World Cup for?" The sudden explosion of resentment and frustration in Fortaleza was repeated in cities throughout Brazil last week. On Friday, thousands … [Read more...] about In the favelas on the frontline of protest, Brazilians ask: who is this World Cup for?
It's a Friday night in Fortaleza and the dusty roads around the new stadium are deserted, apart from the prostitutes who work the south side of the city in north-east Brazil. For the outreach workers on one of their routine drives around the area, the sight of an unknown young girl prompts a familiar dread. Dressed simply in denim shorts and a blue vest, this one looks only 13 or 14. "We have been seeing more young girls," says Jacinta Rodrigues, from Barraca da Amizade, an NGO that provides advice and assistance to sex workers. "Some of them are already mothers and they do it to support their children." The NGO's van stops at a corner where the girl is waiting with a group of travestis – men or boys who claim a female gender identity. We have come to talk to Germana, a 24-year-old travesti who is to be the subject of a Dutch TV film. Germana wears a pink dress and careful make-up, but one glance is enough to show why she has drawn particular curiosity: she is completely blind. … [Read more...] about Child sex tourism warning for fans attending World Cup in Brazil
Ben Spencer, the Saracens scrum-half, looks set to make a dramatic appearance in the World Cup final after being called into the England squad as an injury replacement for Willi Heinz. Spencer, 27, who has won three caps for England, will arrive in Tokyo on Monday and is certain to go straight into the 23-man match-day squad for Saturday’s final as Heinz is one of only two scrum-halves in the touring party. Heinz suffered a hamstring injury after coming on as a 63rd-minute replacement for Ben Youngs in the semi-final win over New Zealand. He will remain with the squad until the end of the tournament. The decision by Eddie Jones, the England head coach, to only include two scrum-halves in his... … [Read more...] about England call up Ben Spencer to replace injured Willi Heinz ahead of Rugby World Cup final
Get a Telegraph Sport subscription for £1 per week Your withdrawal symptoms should already be kicking in. Fortunately, with around 1,400 days to go until the next Rugby World Cup gets underway in France in 2023, we have a short-term solution to ease your suffering, as we count down the top 25 tries from Japan 2019. Every game has been checked, with a shortlist of almost 60 tries whittled down to 25. 25. Manti Te’o - USA v Tonga Dear reader, a confession: I have a clear weakness for absurd offloads. USA No 8 Cam Dolan comes up with a ripper here to release Manti Te'o. The Eagles' full-back, squat but rapid, looks impossible to tackle and he gives Tonga full-back Telusa Veainu absolutely... … [Read more...] about The top 25 tries from Rugby World Cup 2019 – ranked