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No Birthday Party for a Forgotten Child of Brazil’s Zika Epidemic

Expand Maria Carolina Silva Flor and Joselito Alves dos Santos with their 18-month-old daughter, Maria Gabriela Silva Alves, pictured after the launch of the Human Rights Watch report Neglected and Unprotected, July 2017. © 2017 Amanda Klasing/Human Rights Watch Maria Gabriela Silva Alves will have no party for her second birthday today. No cake. No gifts. No celebration. Gabi, as her parents call her, has congenital Zika syndrome, and her parents simply cannot afford it. Gabi is one of thousands of children born with congenital Zika syndrome in Brazil over the last two and a half years. I…

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