Brazil is known as the most water rich country in the world. Nevertheless, the Nordeste suffers chronic droughts.
The Sertao, more particularly, is an unforgiving region covered with caatinga, a thorny vegetation in which one can raise only a few animals. It was here that Lampiao, the most famous Brazilian bandit, was born. He stole from the wealthy farmers and redistributed part of his loot to the poor. His legend is controversial, but it is considered a pure product of this hostile environment.