Every six hours a child dies on the streets of Brazil. The “menino de rua” (child of the street) is the symbol of Brazil’s degradation. There are around 12 million street children in Brazil. These children are reflections of “civil society’s” cruelty to its most fragile members… 
Most of the children portrayed in this reportage are handy with a revolver, gaining practice in run-ins with the police or death squads. In short, they learned that life is a daily game in which their own existence is at stake.
 The photographs in this selection were taken in Brazil by Francesco Zizola from 1992 -1994.

 

Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, 1993. The town garbage dump.
Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1993. Six year old child on the rua das lacrimas (street of tears) in the Heliopolis favela.
Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, 1992. A group of street children live inside this demolished building, in the vicinity of the local yacht club.
Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, 1993. Street children in an abandoned house.
Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. 1993. Street children play by the harbor.
Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, 1993. There are around 12 million street children in Brazil.
Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. 1993. At the window in the reformatory. This boy tried to stab another child for stealing his sneakers.
Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1994. This boy shot the owner of the car he stole.
Sao Paulo, Brazil. 1992. Praça da Sé.
Manaus, Brazil, 1994. Street children.
Brasilia, Brazil, 1992. Outside Parliament.
Praça da Sé, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1994. A child dying from a drug overdose.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1993. Street children on Avenido Brasil.
Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, 1993. Inside the reformatory.
Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1993.
Sao Paulo, Brazil. 1992. In the Heliopolis favela.
Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. Inside the reformatory.
Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, 1993.  Street children.