A Sea of Ghoulish Humanity


He led Matheus and Lucas through a labyrinth of alleys, littered by chicken droppings and running sewage. Discarded plastic bags, bottles, Styrofoam cups, cigarette butts, and candy wrappers lined the gutters. Garbage bags stuffed full of rotting kitchen scraps sat bloated and leaking streams of brightly colored liquids into the mix. The still-air stench, accentuated by a sweltering sun, made it hard for Matheus to breathe. While Lucas waited for him to catch up, he examined the elaborate murals painted on the serpentine concrete passageways. They were like cave hieroglyphics, artwork depicting the life and strife of Rocinha: desperate men ogling a bikini-clad beauty, a mother weeping for her starving baby, a profane interpretation of Cristo Redentor towering over a sea of ghoulish humanity. 



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David Berkowitz

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