Stories > Fishermen in the North-East of Brazil

Atins is a very small fishermen’s village in the northeastern state of Maranhao, one of the poorest states of Brazil. It’s situated in a beautiful spot, right by Lençois Marahnenses National Park, a sand dune desert where the wind blows perpetually and in the rainy season naturally creates hundreds of sweet water lagoons across the desert.
Despite of the fact that the state is very poor and has a serious lack of services, the people of Atins and neighboring towns have lived in absolute harmony for decades. Today the town faces the so called “progress” that brings tourism to the area, some other fisherman villages like Jericoacoara (some 500 KM south of Atins), have become epicenters of massive tourism, which along with money brings a lot of undesirable and serious side effects to the community, like drugs, robbery and violence.
I was fortunate to witness the daily life of a fishermen’s town that still lives in a parallel world, but that will probably soon come to an end. A piece of paradise that survives the 2014 world cup.

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