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Gabriel reports the World Cup

Sun Nov 30 2014 03:52 • 19 min

Article 4 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: 'The government has to dor everything in its power to realize the rights of the child.'

Brazilian boy Gabriël Matos is still very young when he learns that the 2014 World Cup will be held in his home country. He couldn’t know his life would be turned upside down by then.

To transport hundreds of thousands supporters to the football stadium, a new rail line is being developed straight through his neighbourhood. Houses are being demolished, entire families are forced to move and even the children’s local football pitch will soon disappear.

For Gabriël this is a nightmare. He is angry at the inequality in his city and puts self-made footage of bulldozers tearing down his neighbourhood on a blog. By becoming a journalist he tries to stand up for his rights.

Through the eyes of fourteen-year-old Gabriel we get a glimpse of another side of the World Cup, which is miles away from what FIFA would like us to see. ‘Gabriël reports on the World Cup’ is about the duty of the government to do everything that is necessary to secure children’s rights.