Whilst I was in the gym I saw an incident on the TV of a police chase involving a shootout with two guys who robbed a lottery house. Someone alerted the police during the incident and they ran off with the money in the direction of the office block where my wife works. Katia later told me that she and her colleagues heard gun shots fired in the street and ran to the window to see, by this time one of thieves escaped and the other jumped into the river trying to escape. The police embarked a fisherman’s boat in pursuit of the thief and caught him, he surrender at gun point. This served as a reminded of how dangerous it can be here in Recife, also several people have been robbed at gun point recently on our street by two guys on a bike and yesterday night we heard a gun shot around the corner from where we live.
It’s not that surprising considering the state of Pernambuco has the second highest rate of murder of young people in Brazil and Recife has the highest rate for a city in Brazil beating even Rio de Janeiro.
Do remember to keep us in your prayers.