Maria Teixeira Mello has 8 children. Her 25 year old son Francisco has recently left to work in Para for the 4th time, leaving behind his wife, sister and children. Maria dislikes when he goes to work in farms in Para because "it can be very dangerous; some farmers don't pay; they make the workers work hard and when it's pay day they get no money and sometimes the farmers hire people to kill them. When our boys come back here they say that only they know what they went through, because they really risked their lives. Also the roads are terrible, there are thieves who rob them. Last time they came, a car loaded of people capsized and 13 people died."
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