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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. 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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Nearly 12 million people, half of whom are women, live in favela communities in Brazil. Nevertheless, favelas are also characterized by a high rate of local pride: 80% of favela residents surveyed are proud of where they live, and 70% say they would continue to live there even if their income doubled. Women play a particularly large role in favela communities, heading 42% of homes.

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