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A favela is the term for a slum in Brazil, most often within urban areas. The first favelas appeared in the late 19th century and were built by soldiers who had nowhere to live. Some of the first settlements were called bairros africanos (African neighbourhoods). This was the place where former slaves with no land ownership and no options for work lived. Over the years, many former black slaves moved in.

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More murders happen in Brazil than in almost every other country on earth, most of them in favelas like the Alemao in Rio de Janeiro. The slum spreads over the hills west of the city's main airport like a shabby blanket. Up to 70,000 people live here. With various drug factions fighting for control, shots ...
The commander has also expressed interest in getting “collective warrants” that would be issued for a broad area — for example, an entire favela — rather than a specific address. ... So there's no point in bringing more terror and repression to favelas, killing more of the same people (black, young and poor).

Other politicians before and alongside her have done the same in Rio without having been shot, but they were not a black woman from the favela — the most vulnerable kind of body. Still, as Franco used to insist, black women from the favelas face their daily struggles with resistance and creativity, and they ...
The favela is hidden from the roaring highway that connects the nearby international airport to Rio's centre by an opaque plastic fence. Authorities call it an “acoustic barrier”. Local people scoff and say it is there to hide their ramshackle but vibrant community from tourists, noting that in front of the nearby ...
The road to the Maze is steep and windy. After zigzagging our way up Tavares Bastos, a hilltop favela in Rio de Janeiro, we step into a narrow alleyway where neighbors chat and hang laundry out to dry, their doors open for relief from the summer heat. Inside the Maze, there's a panoramic vista of ...
A suspect remains handcuffed after being arrested by Brazilian soldiers, during a joint operation at the Cidade de Deus (City of God) favela in Rio de Janeiro this month. Photograph: Mauro ... Like many Rio favelas, Salgueiro hosts outdoor parties, called bailes, where music blasts until dawn. There was a ...

“With our poetry interventions, we not only show the art of the favela to the outside world but we also show people from favelas that they can do something meaningful too”. For Andrea, the best feeling about being a street poet is to witness a change within the favela: “It's a great feeling to see people from the ...
Rather than view the move as an invasion, violence-weary residents of the favelas, or shantytowns, hailed it as a liberation. “They want to check my ID? Fine!” said Magna Oliveira, 50, who runs a van-rental business in Vila Kennedy, a favela founded in the 1960s with the aid of US funds disbursed by ...
The incident came 11 days after the assassination of Rio councillor Marielle Franco, who had denounced recent killings of favela residents blamed on the city's notoriously lethal police. In 2017, according to official figures, 1,115 people were killed as a result of “opposition to police intervention” in Rio state.
Poem: In the Favelas. Books & Poetry. In this week's Poet's Corner, Valerie Volk contributes a poem about Rio de Janeiro's confronting hillside slums, from her South American travelogue collection. Compiled by John Miles. Wednesday March 14, 2018 Inside Rocinha favela, Rio de Janeiro.
The music has also been toned down as it has moved from the favelas to the mainstream. Todynho herself has lashed back at her detractors. “First of all, don't talk about what you haven't lived through,” she said on Instagram, referring to rampant violence in the shanty towns of the city of six million people.
“With our poetry interventions, we not only show the art of the favela to the outside world but we also show people from favelas that they can do something meaningful too”. For Andrea, the best feeling about being a street poet is to witness a change within the favela: “It's a great feeling to see people from the ...
Brazilian officials said 38 people were arrested in the operation, which followed mounting insecurity in City of God and other favelas where drug traffickers armed with automatic rifles rule the streets. Troops were deployed at dawn mostly to encircle City of God, blocking access roads, while heavily armed ...
High school senior Larissa Vieira had never thought about that possibility when she heard the question. The dream of the 17-year-old—resident of the Vila Kennedy favela in Rio de Janeiro's West Zone region of Bangu—is to be an actress. And she strives to achieve her dreams by taking free classes in a ...
“I spent two weeks in Palestine, where the removals are really similar… where there are several similarities with what we see here in the favelas.” Sharing video live from the Middle East and offering her perspective as a favela resident gained her international viewers as well as increased interest from Rio ...
Brazil's Defence Minister, Raul Jungmann, announced in July 2017 that favelas in Rio de Janeiro would receive a series of socio-educational projects to fight organized crime in the city. Six months later, with data obtained through the Access to Information Law, Favela em Pauta looks at how the package of ...
Sandra Favela, Mayor Anthony Copeland's chief of staff, read a letter the mayor sent to all city employees on Jan. ... methods will include the freezing of overtime, restrictions to travel and training, the pausing of the new hires and the consideration of layoffs," said Favela, as she read from Copeland's letter.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Armed Forces are participating today (January 18th) in a joint operation with the federal and state police around the favela community of Jacarezinho, in the Zona Norte (North Zone) of Rio de Janeiro. Armed forces support for security operations in Rio, Rio de Janeiro, ...
Funk and passinho are, first and foremost, art forms created in favelas that communicate daily life, hopes, dreams, and fears, and which draw from but constantly modernize age-old rhythms, steps, and messages. The creators are diverse in age, gender, and the messages they seek to communicate with ...
“When we tell people we're from the favela, they automatically think of danger, violence, mess, or worthlessness,” says Caio Guimaraes, a model ... Jacarezinho, one of the largest favelas in Rio de Janeiro, is home to a modeling agency that aims to challenge stereotypes and galvanize the community.
After a seven-year crescendo of English-language coverage of Rio de Janeiro's favelas building towards the 2016 Olympics, perhaps the most noticeable aspect of favela coverage in 2017 was the sharp drop in quantity. The demand for Rio news from international news desks has diminished, and many of ...
Following last year's event focused on 'reinventivity' in favelas, the 13th edition of the event “Circulating: Dialogue and Communication in Favelas” ... Even though the favela is rarely visited, poorly understood, marked by stereotypes created by the media,” said Edilano Cavalcante, a resident of Manguinhos.
Renowned for their ad hoc flexibility, material economy, and compositional resourcefulness, Rio de Janeiro's favelas can be treasure troves for urbanists. Unplanned, unsanctioned, and often unmapped, they mutate (adding a story, turning a ground floor into a shop, switching from sheet metal to concrete ...
In 2015, we had a contest in the favela of Jacarezinho as a milestone for the new era at the agency. We needed to hold an event in Jacarezinho so people from different favelas could come to our community. It was a process developed with other partners to give it more amplitude. — Clariza Rosa, Partner at ...
It's interesting to note that in the favela, kids do play more in the street—despite the much higher risk of violence [in favelas with drug trafficking]. The perception of risk is different. A neighbor is watching them. Children stay out of the house a lot more, which can be very good for their [development]. Families ...
Security forces in Rio de Janeiro have arrested a drug kingpin blamed for a war between rival gangs in Brazil's biggest favela. ... His arrest marks a rare success for police in a city where violent crime is soaring, and where a much heralded pre-Olympic plan, to pacify favelas with armed police bases, has ...
Ines Ferreira recounted that she had moved to the community of Indiana in 1974. She was 5 years old when she arrived, but the favela, located at the foot of the neighboring hillside favela of Borel in Rio's North Zone, had existed since 1947. Her parents purchased a plot of land “full of spiders… scorpions” ...
"After I started competing overseas, the young kids were paying a lot of attention to what I was doing and trying to do the same," says Santos, whose home is still in the S-o Remo favela of 15,000 inhabitants. "My friends and family are very happy, sending me messages every single second, saying people ...
“Naturally there was an inquiry,” the Editor-in-Chief of Meia Hora, Henrique Feitas, told Favela em Pauta, about the newspaper's front page. ... Some years ago the newspaper had a section called “Communities” which was dedicated to publishing positive material about favelas, and which was closed ...
... descriptions of favelas (see definitions here). Check out this well-argued case for retiring the word “slum” (but note that we disagree with the author's argument for avoiding the word “favela”—there is nothing inherently negative about this local term, which favela organizers increasingly associate with a sense of community ...
Now, favela residents are leading the way in using Facebook to fight the interwoven practices of real estate speculation and government-sponsored eviction, which have threatened favelas on a cyclical basis since they began to form 120 years ago. Rio is seeing vibrant solidarity between favelas resisting ...
Renowned for their ad hoc flexibility, material economy, and compositional resourcefulness, Rio de Janeiro's favelas can be treasure troves for urbanists. Unplanned, unsanctioned, and often unmapped, they mutate (adding a story, turning a ground floor into a shop, switching from sheet metal to concrete ...
In 2015, we had a contest in the favela of Jacarezinho as a milestone for the new era at the agency. We needed to hold an event in Jacarezinho so people from different favelas could come to our community. It was a process developed with other partners to give it more amplitude. — Clariza Rosa, Partner at ...
In 2015, we had a contest in the favela of Jacarezinho as a milestone for the new era at the agency. We needed to hold an event in Jacarezinho so people from different favelas could come to our community. It was a process developed with other partners to give it more amplitude. — Clariza Rosa, Partner at ...
Brazil's favelas are lawless jungles where drug gangs rule and only the desperate, or playboy drug lords sourcing cocaine, enter. He didn't want the spotlight today, but got it anyway. Favela residents knew a stranger —heads turned to stare as he walked past. Soaked in sweat and puffing, he finally ...
With an official population of 69,000 – and some estimates more than double that –Rocinha is Brazil's biggest favela, a warren of steep alleys and winding streets sprawling across a hillside near more prosperous beachside neighbourhoods such as Leblon. The day after Da Silva's arrest, shops and market ...
For many years the great actor Chico Anysio made us laugh through his character “Jovem,” whose nickname—meaning “youth” in Portuguese—was shortened from Jovelino Venceslau dos Santos. Jovem was based on another character played by the actor Taumaturgo Ferreira in the soap opera Mandala, ...
Graziani thinks it is premature to say it is no longer safe to visit favelas and believes there is a future for tourism at Vidigal, despite the turmoil. He still offers a “Favela Experience” package in which tourists can spend the day learning how to make feijoada, a bean and meat stew, or fly a kite known as “pipa”, ...
... results from Nielsen BookScan Brazil, which examines book sales in the country's main bookshops and supermarkets. Favela em Pauta mapped favela residents who have published books on various themes. Below, you will find authors from different favelas and of different ages with many stories to tell: ...
When armoured cars rolled into Brazil's largest favela in September, furtively followed by hundreds of soldiers, it was just another episode of a long-running drama which plays out across Rio de Janeiro on a daily basis. As a complicated conflict between rival drug trafficking factions erupted into street ...
It's interesting to note that in the favela, kids do play more in the street—despite the much higher risk of violence [in favelas with drug trafficking]. The perception of risk is different. A neighbor is watching them. Children stay out of the house a lot more, which can be very good for their [development]. Families ...
Ines Ferreira recounted that she had moved to the community of Indiana in 1974. She was 5 years old when she arrived, but the favela, located at the foot of the neighboring hillside favela of Borel in Rio's North Zone, had existed since 1947. Her parents purchased a plot of land “full of spiders… scorpions” ...
... warfare broke out in Rocinha after Nem was reported to have teamed up with gang members from three other favelas to retake the territory. A military operation was launched to retake control but had few concrete results. As violence continued to flare up, da Silva kept moving from one favela to another.
RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazilian soldiers withdrew on Friday from this city's largest favela after a week-long occupation meant to curb violence blamed on turf ...
The Avoidance of Popular and Favela Participation in Rio's Strategic Planning ... RioOnWatch previously analyzed the goals related to favelas, ...
Well-heeled Rio gets worrying glimpse of favela violence ... Here in southern Rio the rich live cheek-by-jowl with the surrounding favelas.
Soldiers pass a woman in an alley in the Rocinha favela of Rio de ... out drug gangs from the favelas, and establish peace ahead of the 2014 ...
The president of the Santa Marta residents' association, Jose Mario Santos, looks on at the Santa Marta favela, the first to be pacified by the ...
There's no space to get away from anything in a favela. ... Life in a favela, it's like a cycle. ... And happiness seemed so distant in the favelas.
In light of the increasing tensions in Rio de Janeiro favelas such as ... Olliveira reflected that often favela residents give up on speaking to the ...


 

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