Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

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* Mugged on a Brazilian Beach: Brazil's antipoverty programs for 50 million people is one of the largest and most successful in the world. But income equality remains one of the drivers behind notoriously high rates of crime (see story).

When staff writer Sara Miller Llana talks to Brazilians, safety ranks high on their lists of concerns. "It's something I hear all over Latin America, and I live in Mexico City, which doesn't exactly have a stellar reputation. So, I'm used to taking precautions, like calling authorized taxis and not leaving the house with valuables," she says.

But one afternoon in Recife - which has one of the country's worst crime rates - Sara stopped at the bank. It was 2 p.m., in one of the "best" parts of town.

"Afterward, I couldn't resist sitting next to the beach for a few minutes. I was in a secluded stretch of sand, just seeking a bit of down time, which was where I made a mistake," she says.

"Two teenage boys, about 14-years-old, came up to me with a gun and took everything I had except a book! …

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