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    Dom Helder Camara, the outspoken Bishop of Recife who recently spoke out in Paris against alleged ill-treatment of inmates in Brazil's prisons, has thrown open his churches to the suffering poor of the north-east region.

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    Dom Helder Camara, the outspoken Bishop of Recife who recently spoke out in Paris against alleged ill-treatment of inmates in Brazil's prisons, has thrown open his churches to the suffering poor of the north-east region.

    Another aspect of his work is the building of simple housing in the area of the many without homes, enlisting the help of the needy people themselves.

    He calls his project among the poor "Operation Hope."
    Always an area of under-development by comparison with the south of Brazil, the north-east has this year has to contend with months of drought, which has brought famine, unemployment and even slavery to some of the region's 28 million people.

    The region has a third of Brazil's 90 million population, and a rapidly rising birth rate. Infant mortality is at the rate of nearly 20 per cent annum.

    Large landowners, forming only about 4-5 per cent of the population, own between 60 and 70 per cent of the land.

    Despite Government efforts at industrial development, especially at Recife, capital of the north-eastern state of Pernambuco, on the north-east coast, under the auspices of the Superintendency for the North-East (SUDENE), the North-East peasant has remained penniless through the biter summer draught.

    The Press is full of reports of workers, children and women included, being sold into slavery for small amounts of money.

    The military Government has used the armed forces to help with famine relief, and the crisis is expected to hasten agrarian and agricultural reforms which have been long delayed; efforts will also be made to re-activate SUDENE.

    Helping to promote reform are outspoken priests like Bishop Camara, who has not hesitated to speak out against inaction along these lines, and use the resources of the Churches under his control to meet the needs of the people.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACYGUTERDP4K52U8LJLDSHWBA5
    Media URN:
    VLVACYGUTERDP4K52U8LJLDSHWBA5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/09/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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