Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Only in Brazil

And while some occupy the financial centers of the world, in Brazil, the Armed Forces are still occupying the favelas of Rocinha and Vidigal, two of the largest and oldest slums in Rio, developed into neighborhoods and with some households that make as much as US$30,000 a year.  It’s also an enormous center of distribution of drugs being ruled by heavily armed dealers in an industry that moves US$20 million a year in Brazil. Brazilians consume 1 ton of crack a day, and the problem is way larger than one slum, but this occupation is another step to reclaim Rio from the clutches of a never-ending cycle of violence brought upon by the drug wars.

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