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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 April 2007, 16:43 GMT 17:43 UK
In pictures: Sao Paulo's homeless

Prestes Maia, Sao Paulo

Prestes Maia in Sao Paulo has been "occupied" by homeless people since 2002.

Signs hanging outside the Prestes Maia building, Sao Paulo

The residents hang banners stating their human rights on the outside of the building.

Damp wall in Prestes Maia building, Sao Paulo

As you walk up the stairs there is damp and decay.

Door to flat in Prestes Maia building, Sao Paulo

Families walk by this every day to reach their cramped rooms.

Interior living space, Prestes Maia building, Sao Paulo

Conditions are cramped - nine live in this room which divided between "bedrooms" and living areas.

Washing hanging on a line

Clothes are hung in the corridors to dry.

Woman washing clothes

Residents must share primitive washing facilities.

Library book

Despite their problems the residents have set up their own free library.


For the children of Prestes Maia, the library can be a place to escape.

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