By Mira Olson, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - January 30th will mark two months of police presence in Cantagalo and Pavão-Pavãozinho, the favelas straddling the mountainous terrain between Ipanema and Copacabana, as part of the government’s new pacification strategy to target drug and arms trafficking in Rio de Janeiro.

Employees of Solar Meninos de Luz affirm that police presence in the community is yielding positive results. “Heavy arms trafficking doesn’t exist anymore. It simply feels calmer here,” states Carlos Poyart (40), volunteer coordinator and percussion . . .

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