By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Santa Marta favela community celebrated the seventh anniversary of Rio’s first Police Pacification Unit (Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora, or UPP), which was installed December 19, 2008. While Brazil and Rio struggle with a reversal of economic conditions since then, the event was an opportunity to appreciate the positive progress for the community.

The anniversary was held in Praça Corumbá, and offered a parade, cakes, games and lots . . .

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