Oswaldo Perez (51), a former federal judge in Venezuela, who now plays music on the streets in Boa Vista. 'To become a judge and then go to the streets to play music is an art. I am not ashamed. It is difficult to come from the top after all my studies and work, to only fall to politics that I am not a part of. But I don't regret, so i will return to music while my certificate of lawyer is processing.'
Perez is trying to become a lawyer in Brazil. He moved to Boa Vista two years ago when his eldest son was killed. He sold his farm and cattle in the state of Bolivar, but soon found out that the currency was worth very little in Brazil. Playing music makes him enough to pay his rent, food and utility bills.
Thousands of Venezuelans have fled to Brazil since the start of the political and economic crisis.