José Martins de Oliveira has been living in Rocinha for 47 years and is fighting for the rights of its residents. In 2012, the police invaded Rocinha and established a UPP. But peace is fragile
In Vila Autódromo, one of Rio de Janeiros smaller favelas, residents face expropriation ahead of the 2016 Olympics. Their feelings vary from hope to frustration
Altair Antunes Guimarães, the community leader in Vila Autódromo, struggles to avoid the third disappropriation of his life
One out of five inhabitants of Rio lives in a favela, 1.4 million people. Since 2008 the State is establishing Pacifying Police Units to keep the drug lords out of these areas. 37 Police Units have been installed by now. Do they make any difference?
In the past five years, more than 20 229 families have been expropriated and removed from their homes. Resettlements for the good of the habitants – that’s what Rio’s municipality calls it. An attempt to hide poverty – that’s what critics call it