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By Eli Saslow

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning assortment, Washington submit reporter Eli Saslow traveled around the kingdom over the process a year—from Florida and Texas to Rhode Island and Tennessee—to research the private and political implications and repercussions of America's transforming into foodstuff stamp program.

Saslow indicates us the intense effect the arriving of meals stamps has every month on a small town's suffering economic system, the tricky offerings our representatives face in imposing this $78-billion software affecting hundreds of thousands of american citizens, and the demanding situations American households, senior electorate, and kids come upon on a daily basis in making sure they've got adequate, and infrequently even whatever to consume. those unsettling and eye-opening tales make for required interpreting, offering nuance and figuring out to the complicated issues of yankee poverty.

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Raquel, aged about 16, described her experience of joining a neighborhood galera. The boss of the galera gets everyone together on a Sunday, he has a house for them, for us, right? Then he says, 'Took, today is Sunday, this group is going to make a stop in such and such a place, that group is going to stop there. . " The Pro [a galera] has more than two hundred people. " And you have to be there. If you don't show up you die. . To get into something like that you have to be tough, have iron nerves.

That I couldn't catch a belly. At first I thought it might be worms, I felt nauseated, I got thin. I thought, maybe it was weak blood. {When the doctor said I was pregnant] I didn't believe him. I started to cry. It's what I always wanted, but now that it's happened . . at seventeen, because I thought, street girls younger than me are already pregnant. I was fourteen, then fifteen, sixteen. I never got pregnant. It didn't happen until I was seventeen. I was born in Casa Amarela, or was it Peixinhos?

Juxtaposed, the stories of these two illustrate the extent to which the street can be experienced differently by different children. Many of the contrasts, of course, relate to gender. I believe that, on balance, life in the street tends to be even harder for girls than for boys, not only because of their greater physical vulnerability but also because of social expectations in Brazil about girlhood and boyhood, about the street and about the home, and about the gendered nature of public and private space.

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