• Categories
  • Archives

Brazil to Send Dental Records to Help Identify New Orleans Victim

The Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations informed that the United States government asked the family of Benilda Caixeta Daniels to send her dental X-rays to help in the identification of a corpse that might be hers.

Daniels, aged 57, has been missing since the passage of hurricane Katrina through the city of New Orleans, where she lived alone in an apartment.

According to the director of the Department of Brazilian Communities Abroad, ambassador Manoel Gomes Pereira, Daniels, who is a quadriplegic, spoke with her family for the last time on August 29 and said that she was unable to leave the apartment. The Ministry received word that a body had been discovered in the apartment.

The ambassador said that the Brazilian government requested the case be handled expeditiously. “Through the consulate in Houston, we asked the US government to identify the body as quickly as possible. We don’t know whether the corpse is Benilda’s,” he affirmed.

An official Brazilian mission left Monday, September 12, for the city of Baton Rouge, capital of the state of Louisiana, in the U.S., to accompany this case and those of other missing Brazilians.

According to the ambassador, there are no Brazilians on the list of fatalities, “but, with the number of victims, the possibility cannot be ruled out.” He added that it is not possible to calculate the number of Brazilians affected by the passage of the hurricane through the southern United States, since the number of illegal immigrants in the country is substantial.

Of the 100 requests to locate missing Brazilians, the Brazilian consulate has already found 78. According to the Ministry’s estimates, there are around 1.3 million Brazilians living in the United States.

Agência Brasil


  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


You May Also Like

Brazil’s Fallen Finance Minister Says He Did No Wrong

"During these three years in the government, I never supported misuse of public goods, ...

Brazilian Indians Threaten to Kill Themselves After Being Thrown Off Their Lands

Over one hundred federal police evicted the Guarani-Kaiowa Indians of Ñanderú Marangatú, Mato Grosso ...

Brazil Lula’s Empty Promises

By vetoing what had been accorded, the Brazilian President demoralizes his leaders and transforms ...

The Owners of Brazil

Rich and powerful to the point of arrogance, when it cannot beat the competition, ...

Brazil Keeps Saying No to Honduras, But Winner Vows to Ask for Lula’s Blessing

The support from Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is being sought by ...

UN Readies Report on Brazilian Racism

In order to become acquainted with the Brazilian government’s activities to combat racial discrimination, ...

What Brazil’s Sambadrome Bleacher Taught Me

To savor Rio de Janeiro’s samba schools from a Sambódromo bleacher (arquibancada in Portuguese) ...

A Sex Scandal Makes Brazil Forget All Other Scandals

After taking over Orkut where they represent 64% of Google's social networking site Brazilians ...

Green Groups Take Brazil to Court for Approving Amazon Dam

The Environment minister from Brazil, Carlos Minc, announced he had granted a license for ...

Financial Market Forecasts 4.5% Inflation for Brazil in 2006

Brazil’s financial market gives every indication that the Brazilian Broad Consumer Price Index (IPCA) ...