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Escaping São Paulo’s drug gangs

06/25/2012 | Ana Aranha

Marcos at the soccer field of the São Paulo neighborhood - Lilo Clareto | Panos London

Marcos Lopes tells his story of reform, from being the leader of a street gang to leaving that life and reaching out to help others like him.

“I was filled with hope and ideas for new possibilities”

04/18/2012 | Ana Aranha

Ana Aranha speaks with other journalists from the Linking Southern Journalists project when visiting Panos London - David Dahmen | Panos London

“One could say it was a reaction typical from a journalist, but it took me a long time to believe the trip was true. I thought that being invited to meet editors from European newspapers – with all expenses paid – was just too good to be true.”

Linking Southern Journalists: Ana’s reflections

04/16/2012 | Panos London

Ana Aranha (left) visits the office of El Mundo, who published several of her articles through Panos' Linking Southern Journalists project - Tia Jeewa | Panos London

Ana Aranha works as a freelance journalist and for the investigative journalism agency Publica, set up by former Panos London intern and journalist Natalia Viana. She joined the Linking Southern Journalists project in 2011, and spoke to Kate Ixer about her participation in the project.

Mighty agro-lobby threatens reforestation of Amazon

04/02/2012 | Lorenzo Morales

The most dramatic way to see the extent of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is from the air - Eduardo Martino | Panos Pictures

Brazil has dramatically slowed down the rate of Amazon deforestation in the past six years. But restoring the swathes of rainforest is another huge challenge – and one that is meeting powerful political opposition.

Killings in the Amazon: “I am alone in this war”

02/22/2012 | Ana Aranha

Threatened Actvist - Nilcilene Miguel de Lima, a small farmer threatened to death. She is a local forest-activist in Lábrea, south of the State of Amazonas, Brazil - Lilo Clareto | Panos London

The Brazilian government claims destruction of the Amazon has fallen to its lowest level in 23 years. But environmental activists continue to be threatened and killed by loggers. Ana Aranha met one woman forced into hiding by assassins.

Haitian immigrants struggle for a better life in Brazil

02/20/2012 | Ana Aranha

Panos London - 2011/04/07 - Manaus, Brazil - Haitians - Many Haitians are moving to Brazil to escape the destruction caused by the earthquake in their country.They come looking for work opportunities and want to establish residence. They are coming in groups, arriving in Manaus, state of Amazonas, Brazil, after months of travel, facing the difficulties of the resumption in a new country.

This month the Brazilian government announced it would provide aid to two northwest states where over 4,000 Haitians have moved after the devastating earthquake in 2010. Ana Aranha met the people hoping to rebuild their lives.

Brazil’s hopes and fears at COP17

12/09/2011 | Flávia Moraes

The most dramatic way to see the extent of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is from the air. | Panos Pictures

As the UN COP17 climate change talks in Durban enter their final day, Brazilian journalist Flávia Moraes asks delegates from her country what they hope to achieve and whether Western governments are taking the views of Southern countries seriously enough.

Food price hikes lead to more hunger in cities

10/12/2011 | Panos London

Inside a Kampala Slum

In response to recent reports on food security and concerns about famine, Panos London today launched a new case study series, Hungry in the City, which investigates the effects of food price hikes and rising inflation on people’s ability to find food for themselves and their families.

Hungry in the City

10/12/2011 | Panos London

Inside a Kampala Slum

Hungry in the City is a collection of stories from people in developing countries around the world who explain how they are surviving in an era of higher food prices, inflation and hunger.

Video: a reformed drug dealer speaks

08/30/2011 | Tia Dag

Casa do Zezinho provides children in one of São Paulo's favelas with a safe place to learn and play

Brazilian journalist, Ana Aranha, has produced a video blog in which Tia Dag, director of the Brazilian NGO and school, Casa do Zezinho, interviews one of her ex students, known as Nene.

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