Marí­a Magdalena Arréllaga

Independent Photojournalist and Visual Storyteller
Ukrainian Enclave in Brazil Offers Warm Welcome to War Refugees
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Location: Rio de Janeiro
Nationality: Paraguayan / American
Biography: Maria is an independent documentary photographer, photojournalist and visual storyteller working on stories and projects related to social, political and environmental issues in Brazil and Latin America. She is currently finishing her Masters in... MORE
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Ukrainian Enclave in Brazil Offers Warm Welcome to War Refugees
Copyright Marí­a Magdalena Arréllaga 2022
Updated May 2022
Topics Media, Photojournalism, Refugees, War
"Ukrainian Enclave in Brazil Offers Warm Welcome to War Refugees"

Tropical ‘Little Ukraine’ is populated by descendants of Ukrainian immigrants who arrived decades ago and still maintain the old language and customs

By Samantha Pearson and Luciana Magalhaes | Photographs by Maria Magdalena Arréllaga for The Wall Street Journal

"Ever since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine, this sleepy farming town some 7,000 miles away in southern Brazil has been gripped by a sense of both horror and nervous excitement. Nicknamed “Little Ukraine,” Prudentópolis prides itself on being one of the most Ukrainian towns in Latin America, perhaps even more Ukrainian than Ukraine itself, locals joke.

Among soybean farms rise onion-domed wooden churches, where congregations in traditional embroidered shirts pray in a form of Ukrainian that resembles the dialect spoken by their ancestors, immigrants who arrived in Brazil as long ago as the 1890s. But things are about to change: The refugees are coming.” (…)

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