City of God: The reality has changed

City of God: The reality has changed

Rio de Janeiro : Brazil | Mar 30, 2011 at 4:35 AM PDT
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Images of the City of God

"I just want to be happy. Walking quietly in the slum where I was born, I could be proud of and be aware that the poor have their place". The verses sung by rappers and Cidinho and Doca in the 90's has now become reality. The City of God, the slum that since the 60's were the hideouts of the bandits who were drug trafficking in the region, today is one of the slums who received enhanced policing of the state government.

The system called Pacification Police Unit aims to coordinate cultural, social, environmental and developmental issues in communities where violence and lawlessness reigned. The program was implemented in the community in 2009 and has the approval of residents, who say they are very satisfied with the work being developed by local police. The program has removed the power of traffic, reduced the gun violence in the town, facilitated the establishment of kindergartens, medical facilities, banking, cultural projects and infrastructure for small businesses that residents want to establish in the area. Known worldwide by the film "City of God", which in 2002 showed the world the high level of danger in the area, the community now offers the world another face. Tranquility, progress, peace, citizenship that was given to these people by the government. The government has been doing this process of pacification in other slums of Rio de Janeiro as well in order to organize the city to receive the 2014 World Cup and the Olympic Games in 2016.

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Images of everyday life in the City of God
TatianeAquim is based in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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