Violence in the Marvelous City

Opinion, by Samantha Barthelemy

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In less then a week Brazilians will flaunt into voting stations to choose their next leader. Whether Mr. Serra, of the Social Democratic Party or Mrs. Rousseff, of the Workers’ Party, is elected, a tough challenge will remain. On top of endless priorities, the new president will have one major responsibility: transforming Rio de Janeiro’s favelas.

Breathtaking landscapes, coveted carnival celebrations, paradisiacal beaches and beautiful women popularly characterize Brazil’s Marvelous City. But exoticness is not all Rio is known for around the world.

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