The Brazilian city of Itaboraí, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, should have been a prosperous place to live and work. In 2008 when construction began on a huge petrochemical plant there was widespread excitement over the hundreds of thousands of jobs that would be created, and Itaboraí was the envy of many other Brazilian cities.
But a low global oil price and a national corruption scandal have seen the plant close and workers laid off.
This Week’s World reports on how the dream of a prosperous Itaboraí has fast turned into a nightmare, with many residents struggling to make a living since the petrochemical plant closed its’ doors last year.
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