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I am drawn to Latin America, its familiar landscapes and colorful characters. As a child growing up in a family of political activists, I witnessed history unfold in my own home during Brazil’s military regime. As a journalist in the region, I was fortunate enough to travel with FARC guerrillas in the jungles of Colombia, traverse through notoriously impenetrable favelas (or shanties) in Rio de Janeiro, spend time with indigenous leaders , land activists and biologists in some of the remotest areas of the Amazon. From presidents to laborers, CEOS to activists, from drug lords to celebrities, I have met some of the characters, the newsmakers, the catalysts making headlines in the region. Whether as a news editor or a reporter and producer in the field, I have helped generate original news stories from nearly every country in Latin America.
Helena C. de Moura in the Xixuau-Xiparina resverve, one of the most remote protected forest areas in the world