When I first came to Bragança I didn’t think it looked particularly poor, but on my second visit Aurimar showed me some pictures of a project he did at a waste dump not far from the city center. Around it resides around 100 families that lives off the garbage. They find their food there and look for things they can sell. He took some students from the AMA Institute to introduce the children to music, and a few of them became regular pupils.
He showed me a picture of a very pretty girl, about 8 years, that he told me were playing the violin for a year or so, at AMA, until the family moved. She now works as a child prostitute in a neighbouring city. Another picture showed a girl at the same age with tangled hair and a puffed belly that showed signs of starvation. She is now dead.