Providência Gondola Finally Opens in Rio

Providência Gondola Finally Opens in Rio

By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — In the favela community of Morro da Providência, the long wait for the new cable car to open is now over, and the system has started to function just before the end of the World Cup. The project, which was completed back in May 2013, […]

The Ups and Downs of Rio’s Favela Hostels

The Ups and Downs of Rio’s Favela Hostels

By Lauren Hogan, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Hostels are not for everyone, usually appealing to younger, budget-sensitive travelers, and that goes double for the idea of staying at a hostel in one of Rio’s favela communities. Since the Police Pacification Unit (UPP) program started to make an impact, hostels in favelas have […]

719 Santa Cruz Residents Receive Home Titles in Rio

719 Santa Cruz Residents Receive Home Titles in Rio

By Rosane Rodrigues, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Authorities announced that a total of 719 residents were granted the property right of their homes in Comunidade Camarão and Nova Camarão favela communities. The neighborhoods are in Santa Cruz in Zona Oeste (West Zone), some 60 km from Centro Rio, and the transfer is […]

More Rio Protest Over Death of Favela Resident: Daily

More Rio Protest Over Death of Favela Resident: Daily

By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Another protest closed the streets of Copacabana, the second since Tuesday evening, in relation to the shooting death of a Pavão Pavãozinho favela community resident, allegedly by police. Yesterday’s march followed the the burial of 26 year-old dancer Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira. Hundreds of […]

Casa Geração: Fashion School in Vidigal

Casa Geração: Fashion School in Vidigal

By Mary Bolling Blackiston, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Casa Geração, a fashion school in the favela community of Vidigal, is an NGO (non-profit organization) that gives young Cariocas from the area a unique opportunity to learn about fashion, express their creative side, and show off their talents to the world. The fashion […]

Brazilian Armed Forces in Complexo da Maré: Daily

Brazilian Armed Forces in Complexo da Maré: Daily

By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — Continued efforts in pacifying the Complexo da Maré favela in the Zona Norte (North Zone) took place in the early morning hours Saturday, March 5th from Midnight – 9AM with the transition of the military police to the army. Sections of Avenida Brasil and Linha […]

Arrests Made After Occupation of Complexo da Maré in Rio

Arrests Made After Occupation of Complexo da Maré in Rio

By Benjamin Parkin, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Sunday morning, March 30th, police and armed forces began the occupation of the Complexo da Maré, a group of favelas in Rio’s Zona Norte (North Zone). State Governor Sérgio Cabral announced last week that the army would occupy Maré “indefinitely” until a UPP (Police […]

Complexo da Maré Favela Occupied in Rio: Daily

Complexo da Maré Favela Occupied in Rio: Daily

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As the sun rose in Rio de Janeiro this morning, Sunday, March 30th, nearly one thousand Military Police special forces officers accompanied by armored Navy tanks entered Rio’s Complexo da Maré to occupy the region. The tanks entered the Complexo da Maré at approximately […]

BOPE Reoccupy Favelas to Aid UPP in Zona Norte

BOPE Reoccupy Favelas to Aid UPP in Zona Norte

By Benjamin Parkin, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Saturday, officers from BOPE (Special Operations Battalion) reoccupied the Complexo do Alemão and Complexo da Penha in the Zona Norte (North Zone) of Rio, after the death of four UPP (Pacifying Police Unit) officers in the past month. Between 200 and 300 BOPE officers […]

Vila Kennedy Favela Receives Rio’s 38th UPP: Daily

Vila Kennedy Favela Receives Rio’s 38th UPP: Daily

By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — The community of Villa Kennedy in Rio’s Zona Oeste (West Zone) received the city’s 38th UPP (Police Pacification Unit) yesterday morning. The chief of operations of the military police of Rio de Janeiro, colonel Paulo Henrique Moraes, reported that around 6AM the favela was occupied […]

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