"My granddaughter drew a child in the flames," says FLM leader

"My granddaughter drew a child in the flames," says FLM leader

Occupation coordinator reports how children from neighboring buildings reacted by watching the collapse of the Wilton Paes de Almeida building

Children from neighboring buildings were impacted by the tragedyLidiane MacielWhen the image of the flames and the sound of the explosion of the Wilton Paes de Almeida building reflected in the neighboring buildings of downtown Rio Branco Avenue, the occupation's children and adolescents were the first to descend.The evacuation was made not only due to the smoke that began to take over the rooms, but mainly due to the mixture of fear and curiosity about what happened in the early hours of Tuesday (2).From the sidewalk, the children watched inert as the building collapsed.“There was a camera at the concierge desk and when the concierge saw the movement, she called me to say that something strange was happening,” says Jomarina Abreu Pires da Fonseca, 60, one of the coordinators of the Fight for Housing (FLM) movement.“I saw mothers pulling children everywhere.”Jomarina says that in the first moments it was not possible to understand the proportion of the fire."We tho...


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