UPP throws party for officers’ mums and for the residents of Pavão-Pavãozinho/Cantagalo on Mother’s Day

Friday, May 13, 2021

by Priscila Piffer


Over 50 women, among officers’ mums, residents from pacified communities and members of the project “Women for Peace” took part in a special breakfast to celebrate Mother’s Day.

As the residents of Pavão-Pavãozinho walked into the room where breakfast was being served, they would hear from one of the officers: “that one there is my mum.” The meeting between the officers’ mothers and the residents of the community was promoted by the Captain of Pavão-Pavãozinho’s Pacifying Police Unit (UPP), Captain Leonardo Nogueira. The celebration was held in one of the rooms of the building where the project “Projeto Criança Esperança” functions. “We are celebrating a Mother’s Day for Peace. This breakfast is an example of the harmony we are experiencing in the community. I thought it would be a great idea to bring our mothers here, so that they could meet the people we spend most of our days with – they are like our second family. This integration is very important,” he stressed.

The meeting was also an opportunity for the curious mums to visit their sons’ workplace. Housewife Juçara da Rocha, 69, mother of soldier Glória, was thrilled to see the place where her daughter works. She confessed that she was afraid when her daughter said she would become a cop. “I was very worried when Glória was approved at the Police Academy, but now that I understand how her job works, I feel more comfortable, because I can see how much good the UPP does for the community,” said the officer’s mother, who, like all the other mums at the event, received flowers.

Mrs. Luiza da Silva, who has been living in Cantaglo for 54 years, laments that the UPP took so long to come. “I lost a daughter to drug trafficking; she had so many dreams and died at only 34. I think that if the UPP was here before, she would’ve gotten better. I thank God that now my grandson doesn’t have to share the same community with the people who took away my daughter. Today I believe in a better future,” said Mrs. Luiza, who owns a small pastry and sweets delivery.

The breakfast also counted on the presence of the organization Women for Peace. The project’s main goal is to get women to build and strengthen the social networks that prevent and help people fight violence against young people. Nowadays, the project has 180 members acting in both communities – Pavão-Pavãozinho and Cantagalo. It is in this group of women that the UPP officers found their best partners to mediate conflict situations and to earn the trust of residents in the pacified areas.