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Brazil and Barbados

11 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 25 July 2014

In the far west of Brazil, the remote Amazonian state of Acre, Vishva Samani meets some of the tens of thousands of Haitians who have entered the country to seek work. Following the devastating earthquake of 2010, many were given humanitarian visas - and many more are still arriving on their own account - in order to find jobs in Brazil's booming economy. But attitudes towards them are mixed.

It is a long journey to security. In Bridgetown, they are gearing up for Grand Kadooment - the party-hard climax of the yearly Barbadian harvest festival called Crop Over. It's a great excuse to dress up - or strip down - dance madly and perhaps drink a little rum. Yet as Carlie Ester notes, among the revelry there are signs of economic worry - and uncomfortable historical legacies.

(Photo: A Haitian migrant rests on the floor of a reception centre in Acre, Brazil, June 2014. (c) Vishva Samani)



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