RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Five, or even three years ago, the favelas of Rio were seen as independent from Brazil in terms of social inclusion, services, and certainly security. Slowly, in front of our eyes, we see it changing, the 'pacification', the UPPs, the urban planning and investment - it is happening - and it is called progress.
Just two years ago I personally walked past at least thirty kids in Rocinha with assault riffles smoking and chatting nervously under . . .