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There is a war on in Brazil and its centre is Rio de Janeiro. There are 34.ooo war victims a year in Rio alone – police stations are being blown up – Favelas are being attacked by the police – civilians are being killed, many children among them. Brazilians call it ‘our war’. What kind of war is it? It’s a war for drugs, people and weapons. In Rio, approx. 6,2 million people live in favelas – almost half the total population of the city. Favelas are illegal and primitive settlements, built by incomers from the surrounding countryside who are looking for work in Rio. … more

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