Zoe Roller was born and raised in San Francisco, California, and now lives in Rocinha. She has written for The Millions and Art + Culture, and contributes to RioOnWatch. Zoe also works for Comunidade em Ação, a community organization in the Complexo do Alemão.
Brazil’s first favela, Morro da Providência (Providence Hill), was built by veterans of the Canudos War. Thousands of soldiers flocked to Rio when the war ended in 1897, because the government had offered them housing in […]