By Philip Sever, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO - Government officials announced on Tuesday that construction of a wall has already begun around the favela of Dona Marta (also known as Santa Marta) in Botafogo. This is the first of many walls planned for Rio's favelas, with seven miles of wall to be built around at least 11 of Rio's favelas this year alone. Icaro Moreno, president of the state's public works department, explained that this was to stop deforestation of the Atlantic rain forest which surrounds Rio.
Construction of the wall began a few weeks ago and . . .