Cup of little cheer

By Lilian Ma,Wellesley College, US
By Lilian Ma,Wellesley College, US |

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Brazilians celebrated in the streets in 2007 after being named hosts of this summer's football World Cup. Yet protests against the decision are continuing even now.

A poll held last month shows less than half of Brazilians support hosting the World Cup. Despite the country's rapid development over the past decade, poverty is a pressing issue.

Most people believe the US$14 billion spent on the World Cup should have been used to improve Brazil's healthcare, education and transportation.

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff raised welfare payments on May 1, including a 10 per cent rise for the nation's 36 million unemployed people or low-earners. The minimum wage was also increased.

I hope the government continues to help poor people in future.