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Football in Rio Favelas 10
Rio de Janeiro
By Luke Dennison
02 Apr 2015

Local kids pose outside of the football field in Morro do Salgueiro, Rio de Janeiro.

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Football in Rio Favelas 09
Rio de Janeiro
By Luke Dennison
02 Apr 2015

A young girl balances on the fence outside of the football field in Morro do Salgueiro, Rio de Janeiro.

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Football in Rio Favelas 07
Rio de Janeiro
By Luke Dennison
02 Apr 2015

A man bounces a football on his knee on Botafogo beach, Rio de Janeiro.

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Football in Rio Favelas 08
Rio de Janeiro
By Luke Dennison
02 Apr 2015

A boy from Morro do Salgueiro wears a necklace depicting Mother Mary.

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Football in Rio Favelas 05
Rio de Janeiro
By Luke Dennison
02 Apr 2015

A young boy strikes a pose outside of Botafogo metro.

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Football in Rio Favelas 04
Rio de Janeiro
By Luke Dennison
02 Apr 2015

A young player pauses mid game in Pavão Pavãozinho, Rio de Janeiro.

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Football in Rio Favelas 02
Rio de Janeiro
By Luke Dennison
02 Apr 2015

Washington leans against a fence at the football field in Pavão Pavãozinho, Rio de Janeiro.

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Football in Rio Favelas 01
Rio de Janeiro
By Luke Dennison
30 Mar 2015

Football net at night in Pavão Pavãozinho, Rio de Janeiro.

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Football in Rio Favelas 06
Rio de Janeiro
By Luke Dennison
30 Mar 2015

A local girl poses at the football field in Morro do Salgueiro.

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Football in Rio Favelas 03
Rio de Janeiro
By Luke Dennison
30 Mar 2015

Two boys guarding the net during scrimmage in Morro do Salgueiro, Rio de Janeiro.

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Pacification - Rio Favelas in Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
By Rafael Fabres
26 May 2013

While preparing for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro has been implementing an innovative safety program called “UPP,” Police Pacification Unit.
UPPs are permanent police posts installed in the “favelas,” the sprawling shantytowns that house hundreds of thousands of the city residents.
Their mission is to maintain control of favela territory once the local drug trade has been expelled.
While many believe the UPPs have helped to quell the violence and bring prosperity to the favelas, others see the Pacification program as a temporary cover-up to Rio’s problems with social disparity.