Betinho, Brazilian sociologist

Herbert Jose de Souza (1935-1997), known as Betinho, was a Brazilian sociologist and human rights activist in Brazil. His most important work was the project "Citizenship Action against Hunger and Poverty and for Life." Mobilized several campaigns to collect groceries for the poor and excluded. Betinho and his brothers Henfil cartoonist and musician Chico Mário were hemophiliacs, maternally inherited disease.

Herbert Jose de Souza (1935-1997) was born in Bocaiuva, Minas Gerais, on November 3, 1935. In the 60s helped found the Popular Action (AP), a movement fighting for socialism deployment in Brazil. He graduated in Sociology from the University of Minas Gerais, in 1962. After the military coup of 1964, Betinho spent seven years in hiding and eight in exile. He returned to the country in 1979 and created the Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Analysis (IBASE).

In 1991, Betinho won the Global 500, the United Nations Environment Program Award (UNEP), for its struggle in defense of agrarian reform and indigenous rights. In 1993, he founded the "Citizens' Action against Hunger and Poverty and for Life," that even without government help levied and distributed food to the poor.

During the government of President Fernando Henrique, Betinho became a member of the Solidarity Community Council, which replaced the Brazilian Legion of Assistance Foundation (LBA). Hemophiliac and carrier of the AIDS virus, along with his brother Henfil cartoonist, wrote the text "Healing of AIDS", which states that a cure was a matter of time. In 1995, the Citizens Action began to prioritize the fight for land democratization as a way to fight hunger and unemployment.

Betinho died in Rio de Janeiro, on August 9, 1997, as a result of hepatitis C, contracted in a blood transfusion.