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Grave Inequality

Opinion, by Michael Kerlin

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – If you want to understand inequality in Rio de Janeiro, take a trip to São Francisco Xavier cemetery. A few months ago, I went there with a young man from one of Rio’s favelas for the funeral of his great uncle. I’ll call the young man Gilberto. After paying my respects to the family, I took a walk with Gilberto through one of the largest cemeteries in all of Brazil.

“This is where the rich people go,” Gilberto said, as he pointed to a sea of mausoleums. The mausoleums . . .

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