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Local kids pose outside of the football field in Morro do Salgueiro, Rio de Janeiro.
A young girl balances on the fence outside of the football field in Morro do Salgueiro, Rio de Janeiro.
A man bounces a football on his knee on Botafogo beach, Rio de Janeiro.
A boy from Morro do Salgueiro wears a necklace depicting Mother Mary.
A young boy strikes a pose outside of Botafogo metro.
A young player pauses mid game in Pavão Pavãozinho, Rio de Janeiro.
Washington leans against a fence at the football field in Pavão Pavãozinho, Rio de Janeiro.
Football net at night in Pavão Pavãozinho, Rio de Janeiro.
A local girl poses at the football field in Morro do Salgueiro.
Two boys guarding the net during scrimmage in Morro do Salgueiro, Rio de Janeiro.
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.