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Brazil: Empty Promises - Priced out of Rio's favelas

Brazil's poorest communities are squatting in abandoned government buildings. Favela Mangueira Community, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Priced out of Rio’s favelas, Brazil’s poorest communities are squatting in abandoned government buildings. Despite billions of dollars pledged by the authorities, Rio’s poorest are yet to see the benefits and while their fate is likely to worsen, what binds this community together is a sense of camaraderie, dignity and a pride in the place they call home. In their bid to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, Brazilian authorities promised to improve life in the favelas of Rio. But the "pioneering" pacification schemes and the promise to splash out billions of dollars remodelling the slums as part of Morar Carioca ("Rio Living") program has had an unintended consequence. Rent rises in the favelas are now pushing the poorest families into occupying abandoned buildings. In the Favela Manguiera community, only 1km from the Maracana stadium, hundreds of families are squatting in empty buildings with no santitation, running water or security. But despite the difficulties of their living conditions, this community is bound together by a sense of camaraderie, dignity and a pride in the place they call home.

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Music to this video: “Temporary” composed by the incredibly talented Othon @OthonPanMuzik

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