Not an easy task considering the fact, that Rio de Janeiro alone has more then 600 favelas (slums), infested with drug gangs, poverty and some of the highest murder rates of the world.
I saw this news clip on Sao Paulo a while ago and they reported from one single hospital, where they had 60 victims of shootings and several of them dead on a friday and saturday night. In one hospital. They also said that that is about average for any weekend.
So now the police is either demolishing the slums, raiding them with military tanks or they are trying to upgrade them by spending money on developing their infrastructure. Here are some clips, pics and articles.
Sao Paulo, Brazil (CNN) -- Tanks, troops and police pushed through the streets of two shantytowns in northern Rio de Janeiro Sunday in a move to retake control of some of the city's most crime-ridden areas.
In the predawn operation, state authorities targeted the slums, or favelas, of Jacarezinho and Manguinhos with more than 2,000 military troops and police. They have a larger long-term goal: securing 40 slums before the World Cup in 2014, and keeping them safe for the Olympics two years later.
Police said they seized automatic weapons, guns and grenades and arrested dozens of people in a series of slum raids over the weekend.
There were no reports of deaths or injuries Sunday. On Saturday, police said five suspected drug dealers were killed during a slum raid.
Rio secures favelas ahead of World Cup Brazil's World Cup countdown
Police have already taken over about 30 favelas since they began operations in 2008, but it's an uphill battle. About one-fifth of Rio's residents live in the city's 1,000 shantytowns, many of them perched on steep hills overlooking beachside condominiums.
Jacarezinho and Manguinhos are smaller favelas, far from tourist hotspots, but they became centers for organized crime and drug dealing after other slums were taken over by police.
Sunday's operation there stands in stark contrast to the invasion of the Alemao favela in 2010, when more than 30 people were killed in shootouts.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/14/world ... hantytowns
Rio World Cup demolitions leave favela families trapped in ghost town
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/ap ... -world-cup
11.4 Million Brazilians Live In Favelas
A recent report shows that the number of poor people in Brazil that live in favelas (slums) has increased dramatically in the last 10 years. In 2000 there were approx. 6.5 million people living in favelas in Brazil. In 2010 the number increased to 11.4 million. Despite Brazil's strong economic growth in the last few years, the number of poor people continues to grow. At the same time, the number of rich people in Brazil is growing as well, although not as quickly. Brazil is truly a place full of contradictions.
Rio de Janeiro leads the nation in the number of people living in favelas with nearly 1.4 million. That is 22% of the 6.3 million residents living in the city, which is a staggering number. Sao Paulo is the city with the 2nd largest population living in favelas with nearly 1.3 million.
Some of Brazils drug gangs have started killing off police as revenge for their actions against the gangs. Many of the police forces are considered to be corrupt and involved in the drug and weapon trafficking.
Brazil’s World Cup work overshadowed by police murders
This video shows how brazils police earned itself its bad reputation. Police executes a kid. Do not watch if you are sensitive.
Commando Vermelho, "red Command" one of Brazils most infamous gangs
Their main rivals primeiro commando
I think Brazil, along with some central american countries probably has the worst gang problem in the world.