Brazil – Manaus: Fire engulfs the slum where Jesuits live among the poor

On 27th November a strong fire consumed, within a few hours (8-13h), the Arthur Bernardes slum of palafitos (raised houses in wood in areas that may be flooded) in Manaus, at the heart of the Brazilian Amazonia. Out of 550 families living there with a population of around 2.500 – 3.000 persons, more than 500 families lost their houses and their little belongings. Thanks to God and to the abilities of the poor, nobody died. Members of the Equipo Itinerante have been living there for years, accompanying the communities in this area.