By Andrew Willis, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This month marks the fourth anniversary of Rio de Janeiro’s inaugural Police Pacification Unit (Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora, or UPP), installed in the Santa Marta favela community on December 19, 2008. The move, part of the state government’s pacification program, has helped bring greater security to the area, but complaints over a lack of basic infrastructure continue.

Santa Marta’s makeshift hhomes climb up one side of the Dona Marta hill in Rio de Janeiro’s Zona Sul (South Zone), offering spectacular views over Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed? Login Here