Inside Rio’s favelas, the city’s neglected neighborhoods


The Rio you won’t see at the Olympics.

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Correction: The map at 1:23 had previously and incorrectly indicated Rio de Janeiro’s location near the Río de la Plata Basin. We have fixed this and apologize for the error.

Twenty-five percent of the residents of Rio de Janeiro live in informal communities called favelas. Not fully slums but not fully integrated into the city either, these favelas are home to both horrific gang violence and some of the most creative and resourceful people in Rio.

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