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By Cecilie Hestbæk, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The epicenter of the recent violence and massive police operations, Vila Cruzeiro was put on the world map last week. The community has existed for around forty years, and is located in Penha in Rio’s Zona Norte (North zone). The areas has between 40,000 - 70,000 inhabitants, who all – as oppose to other, newer favelas – have water, gas and electricity.

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