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This image of a starving child with nothing to eat but a football has tapped into Brazil’s complex relationship with the approaching World Cup.
Paulo Ito, a street artist, painted the mural on a school in Sao Paulo on 10 May and a photo of the artwork has since been shared more than 50,000 times on Facebook alone.
The city has been at the centre of repeated and sometimes violent protests against the government’s £6.5 billion spending on the World Cup when the money is so badly needed elsewhere.
“People already have the feeling and that image condensed this feeling,” he told slate.com.
“The truth is there is so much wrong in Brazil that it is difficult to know where to start,” he said.
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Purchased by commission from the artist in 1956, intended to decorate the hall of the French Embassy in Tokyo