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By Esmee Verbeek, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Rocinha is often considered to be the largest favela community in Brazil, and with an estimated 150,000 residents, sits close to the wealthy Zona Sul (South Zone) neighborhoods of São Conrado and Leblon. After a massive pacification effort of the area in November, Rocinha has experienced a recent increase of violence and in the last fifty days there have been eight reported murders.

The most recent on Sunday was thirty . . .

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