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By Sarah O'Sullivan, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - An Englishman has spent the last seven years fighting to provide an alternative for youngsters living in Complexo de Mare, a favela community in Rio’s Zona Norte (north zone), that has buried seven children in the last four years through gang violence. His boxing club is going from strength to strength, but could become another casualty of the global economic crisis.

Luta Pela Paz, or Fight for Peace, is solely funded by corporate donations, and founder Luke Dowdney is worried. “We are facing a perilous situation,” he said. “We’ve . . .

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