Obama’s Favela Visit: Opportunity, Not Just Security

Opinion, by Michael D. Kerlin

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On March 20th, U.S. President Barack Obama will visit one of Rio de Janeiro’s newly “pacified” favelas.  I stayed for a week earlier this month with a local family the freshly pacified group of favelas called the Complexo do Alemão, long the violent headquarters of the dominant Red Command drug gang. 

Speaking with my hosts and their neighbors in brick shacks and twisting alleys, I found satisfaction with the newfound security.  But I also found an aching need for something more—equality of opportunity, particularly in education.  The . . .

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