Happy Holidays in Zona Norte Favelas

By Patricia Maresch, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - For baby Wanderson, a newborn from Complexo do Alemão, it's his first Christmas. For little Wanderson's mother it's her first Christmas without gifts from the drug traffickers of Comando Vermelho at the Complexo do Alemão. “I never liked it when they were giving away bikes, washing machines or dvd players," says Wanderson's mother, "but refusing a Christmas gift would be like signing a death sentence."

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