By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Despite the ostensive presence of the armed forces and federal security forces in many places in the state of Rio de Janeiro, an English tourist was wounded in Angra dos Reis, a town a few hours southwest of the capital city, on Sunday when her family’s car entered a favela community by mistake.

Brazil, Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro,UK national Eloise Dixon was shot in Angra on Sunday while vacationing with her family,
UK national Eloise Dixon was shot in Angra on Sunday while vacationing with her family, photo internet reproduction.

According to the Federal Highway Police, the woman was with her husband and three children on the Rio-Santos Highway when she mistakenly entered the Água Santa community. The husband was able to reach a police highway post and the woman was taken to an area hospital where she underwent surgery and is hospitalized.

Officers told local newspapers that the couple did not speak Portuguese and their three children were heading towards Paraty. While looking for a place to buy bottled water they inadvertently ended up inside the community.

According to G-1 news website, the injured tourist was identified as 46-year-old Eloise Dixon. Dixon was struck by two shots which perforated her abdomen. “The projectile went through the abdomen and luckily did not hit large vessels or important organs. She was really lucky,” Rodrigo Mucheli, the hospital’s medical director told G-1.

During the weekend federal troops launched a major offensive against organized crime in several favela communities in the state as part of the second phase of the National Security Plan for Rio.

Nearly 10,000 federal troops were sent to Rio in the end of July as part of the federal government’s security plan to curb the increasing violence in and around one of Brazil’s most famous cities. The presence of federal troops is expected to be felt around the state until at least the end of 2018.


  1. We love Rio, but, in the last few years, this beautiful and marvellous city/state became too dangerous, I believe that great part of this problem is caused by political corruption and lack of investment in education, security and infrastructure. Besides corruption, our major problem is the PUBLIC DEBT, Brazil in the last 16 years or so, paid trillions of dollars to international bankers, and yet, we owe still around to 4,5 trillion reais (1,5 trillion dollars) to these heartless bankers (they are killing our development… our future). Urgently, we need to audit and renegociate our public debt, in order to have a better and more just nation to all Brazilians!

  2. It’s not bankers that prevent this. it’s Cariocas and Brazilians. Until the political will exists to change labor laws, improve education, change the statute on not prosecuting minors, and inculcating high expectations of one’s own self, nothing will change. In the USA, kids, including those from wealthy families, are usually embarrassed not to have a summer job in high school or a part time job during the school year. My neighbor started cutting lawns at 14, and bought himself a riding mower after three months so that he could cut more and larger lawns to make more money throughout the rest of high school. This was in addition to playing two sports and getting ready to go to college. There is an expectation that you have to work to get something in life. In Brazil, you can’t hire a high school kid without so much red tape and obligation that it’s fruitless. On top of that, high school kids are embarrassed by the idea of working, and see it as beneath them. The USA isn’t a panacea, but I’d much rather have a society where kids value hard work outside of the classroom and the rewards that it brings.

  3. why are roads like this that lead directly into a favela not blocked? I have read about accidents like this before where normal people got shot. Why is this road not blocked?


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