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Brazil Poor Quit Slums for Leper Area

November 09, 1986|From Reuters

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Thousands of poor Brazilians are living in a leper colony near the Amazon town of Manaus because life is cheaper and better there than in the slums, a health official said Friday.

The official said that only about 2,300 of the 7,000 people in the city's Colonia do Aleixo are lepers.

Some of the non-lepers are relatives of the sick, but most are there because life in the institution is cheaper, the official said.

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