By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Since the beginning of the year, various cases of people hit by stray bullets within the Rio de Janeiro Metropolitan Area have made the headlines, leading to the impression that violence is rising in the city. Within just the last ten days, twelve cases have been reported.

The past weekend, a young woman died in a shootout between the police and drug traffickers in Rocinha, while a teenage girl was brought to the hospital after being hit in Morro do Chapadão in Costa Barros and a teenage boy was shot . . .

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