This year, I decided that at a time when more foreigners are paying attention to Brazil, I would write at least one freelance piece from the ground. Last month, I traveled to Rio with the idea of working on three stories, but ended up focusing on one: sanitation.
The story of Rio's sanitation problems is no secret, but hasn't gotten much coverage in the foreign press. I'd been researching it for months, and managed to make some great contacts in Rio. My husband/photographer and I were lucky enough to connect with one of Rio's top environmental activists who arranged a helicopter flyover of the city, which resulted in some impressive photos. GlobalPost picked up the story, which was published today.
Here's the lede:
Brazil’s “Marvelous City” will play host to around 400,000 tourists during the World Cup next month. And there’s one thing visitors may be unable to avoid, be it on their way to the airport or at the beach: human feces.
Update: Given the World Cup peg, the story has begun to spread, appearing Australia, France, Italy, Romania, and the UK, as well as other sites in the U.S. It's also appeared in several news sites in Brazil, including O Dia and Época.