Archive for May, 2011
This is Part 1 of a three-part series about one community’s struggle with forced evictions. The series looks at the realities of Rio de Janeiro City government’s removal process, life for residents moved to public housing units, and life for residents who resist.
It was the week before Christmas 2010. City government officials including Regional Vice-Mayor of Rio’s West Zone, Edimar Teixeira, and representatives from the Secretary of Housing, called a meeting with residents along Avenida das Américas in Guaratiba to discuss issues involved in the community’s relocation. They planned to move residents to make way for the widening of this road. More >
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Reporting by: Glenda Fernandes, Saulo Araújo, Hosana Souza, Josilaine Costa, Samuel Lima, Henrique Ribeiro and Amanda Souza.
One of the healthiest aspects of Brazil’s young democracy is its widespread religious freedom, which means most of us are at a loss to understand the bloody religious wars happening elsewhere in the world. But those who live in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro know that one of the achievements of the new State community policing (UPP) presence in some favelas is the ability to worship without the risk of having one’s house broken into by drug traffickers, as happened many times in Morro More >