2016 / Editorial / Photo Essay

For the right of having a home

  • Photographer
    Diego Murray

Isidoro is an area of 9 ½ square kilometers divided by three occupancies: Rosa Leão, Esperança and Vitória. It is located in Belo Horizonte City, Minas Gerais, Brazil. There, more than eight thousand families resist inside an occupancy for the right of having a home. Most of the people who live there are low-income or unemployed and none of them have their own house. Unable to pay for the high prices of house rental, they decided search for a piece of land in Isidoro. Considered an irregular occupancy by Belo Horizonte Government, Isidoro is not provided by formal address and zip code, what limits the access of residents in public schools, health care center and basic services like pavement, water and electric power supply, among others. In 2014, Belo Horizonte Government won a judicial process that gives the right to evict people and develop actions of economical exploration of the area. Last August, The Brazilian Supreme Court issued a preliminary injunction forbidding the eviction. People who live there justify the occupancy by the fact that the area was not accomplishing its social role, according the Brazilian Civil Code, Article No. 1275 – Loss of Property. As the injunction may be revoked any time, day by day, men, women and children live their lives uncertain about the future of Isidoro, but they keep resisting.