By Zoë Roller, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Last week marked the three year anniversary of the pacification of Dona Marta, sometimes called Santa Marta, the first favela to receive a Police Pacification Unit (Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora, or UPP). The community was pacified in December 2008 and is often referred to as a model pacified favela, receiving many infrastructural and social upgrades.
Dona Marta’s UPP hosted a celebration to commemorate its anniversary, complete with cake, music, and gifts. State Security Secretary José Mariano Beltrame attended, with his wife, Rita.
The Children’s Symphony Orchestra of Pacified . . .