Mendonca gets ready to sleep on a park bench in front of the Santos Dumont Airport in Rio de Janeiro.
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Vilmar Mendonca used to be a human resources director for several companies in Brazil.Mendonca lost his job in 2015 and for a while, he lived off his savings. But now, at age 58, he sleeps on a bench outside Santos Dumont Airport in Rio de Janeiro.Dozens of them have advanced degrees, including Mendonca, who studied business administration in Sao Paulo. His plight reflects the sting of a recession that has taken Brazil's jobless ranks up to 13.5 million people and tarnished Rio, a city that just a year ago hosted the summer Olympic Games.The homeless population is an especially common sight in Rio's most popular tourist areas, including Copacabana and Ipanema.Alves, 69, worked for 35 years as an X-ray technician in Rio's public hospitals.Many Brazilians came to Rio looking for work when the city hosted the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016 .
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