A day care center under construction in Rondonópolis (MT) will be named after Arthur, grandson of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT), who died at the age of 7 in 2019, a victim of a bacterial infection. The news moved the Chief Executive, who received the information during the delivery of houses from the Minha Casa Minha Vida program, this Friday morning (3).
The announcement was made by the mayor of Rondonópolis, Zé Carlos do Pátio (PSB). Arthur was the son of Sandro Luis Lula da Silva and Marlene Araújo Lula da Silva, grandson of Lula and Marisa Letícia, who died in 2017. During the speech by the head of the municipal Executive, the President of the Republic was moved to tears.
“I was authorized by Mrs. Janja. The daycare is named after Arthur Lula da Silva. I wasn’t going to say that, no. I know the pain of a grandfather, who was there in Curitiba and had to see that. President Lula, you are strong, you are a very important guy for us”, said the mayor of the municipality of Mato Grosso, mourning the child’s death.
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Arthur died of meningococcal meningitis at the age of 7. At the time, Lula was released by Justice to accompany the wake in São Bernardo do Campo, in ABC Paulista. Before, the child even visited Lula twice at the Federal Police Superintendence in Curitiba, Paraná.
“Why do people starve?”
In a speech of just under 15 minutes, Lula questioned, in an important region for Brazilian agribusiness, the scenario of hunger and food insecurity. He cited an episode recorded in Cuiabá, in July 2021, during the pandemic, when dozens of families went to the front of a butcher shop to look for bones and meat scraps to eat. The scene repeated itself several times.
“Mato Grosso has the biggest cattle breeders, it is one of the biggest grain producers in the country and there is a woman receiving a bone to make soup at home. It is inexplicable, in the country that is the third largest producer of food on the planet, the largest producer of animal protein in the world, to have 33 million people going hungry,” said the president.
“Brazil produces enough food for the people. Why do people go hungry? Because they don’t have money to buy the necessary food. If they did, they would find it in the supermarket”, stated Lula.
The president also mentioned the massacre that took place in Sinop, 503 km from Cuiabá, at the end of February and killed seven people – including a 12-year-old teenager in a bar. The killers didn’t accept losing money pool games. “We see on television, every day, people attacking people, at the supermarket, at the airport, at the mall. The country was taken over by violence because lies and hatred dominated. Brazil is no longer fraternal, ”he said.
delivery of houses
More than 1,400 families from Rondonópolis received from the federal government, this Friday (3), the key to their own house. The handover ceremony started at 10 am. In addition to Lula, ministers Carlos Fávaro (Agriculture and Livestock), Jader Barbalho Filho (Cities) and the president of Banco do Brasil, Tarciana Medeiros, were present.
Contracted in July 2013, the residential Celina Bezerra was among the 186,000 housing units in the Minha Casa, Minha Vida (MCMV) program – Level 1 not completed by January 2023. In Rondonópolis, homes measuring 46.55 square meters will be delivered ( m²) of private area, of which 44 are adapted residences.
The development has an artesian well, rainwater drainage, pumping station and sewage outfall. The site has public facilities such as schools, kindergartens, basic health units, sports center, as well as paving works, public lighting of access and drinking water reservoir.
1,440 units of stages 1, 2, 3, 8 and 9 of the residential project are being delivered. Stages 4, 5, 6 and 7, paralyzed since June 2017, are in the process of being resumed – negotiations have been carried out by Banco do Brasil (financial agent) with the aim of hiring a new construction company. Completing these stages will make it possible for over 1,152 families in Rondonopolis to realize the dream of owning their own home.
Last month, President Lula made the simultaneous delivery of 2,745 MCMV housing units in the states of Bahia, Goiás, Minas Gerais, Paraíba, Pernambuco and Paraná.
Editing: Rodrigo Durão Coelho
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