Inside Rio de Janeiro–In-house-domestic worker (Claudia)

Inside Rio de Janeiro–In-house-domestic worker (Claudia)

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What would be your passion? Cooking. Whenever you cook, people look forward to dessert. She never imagined that there was poison in her food. My mum died from being poisoned. When I started working at age 11, I worked in that house. When I was 14, I worked for a lady here. This lady didn’t want to pay me. When I asked for my salary, she attacked me. I still have the bite mark here… But these things happen in life. I’m a survivor. I’m a Brazilian survivor. And I’m happy. Happy. I’m happy all the time. Do you think my happiness is false? No it’s true happiness. So Soraya, everyday I wake up at 5:40 a.m. I do everything in a hurry and put on my uniform. I go to the kitchen and cut fruits. All the time, everyday, I spend my life is here. She became very close to my family. She feels that she’s part of the family. She feels that we’re important to her. I’m not used to having people in my home, all day. I’m accustomed to having my privacy to do my things. I like to play the piano. I felt bad that someone else is doing what I used to do. I recognize that it’s strange. I feel strange about it. But in Brazilian culture, people do not feel that way. They also do not treat maids well. In Brazil, maids are seen as people who serve. They are seen as being there to take orders. Thee are people who do not say, “please” or “thank you”, which is very different from what we do in my house. When I’m sad, I talk to God here. I thank God for everything he has done for my life. Nature consoles me when I’m imprisoned here all week. I’ve been working in homes for 23 years. I want a normal schedule and go home everyday like everyone else.

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