By Edu Sotos, of Rio de Janeiro
The original blog was written in Spanish and published in the Folha De S.Paulo
It is noon and torrential rain pours over the favela of Nova Holanda, one of the neighborhoods that make up the Complexo da Maré, in the north of Rio de Janeiro. Under a metal shed, the same in which a few weeks ago Comando Vermelho traffickers protected themselves from the rain, a group of soldiers guarding the access to one of the most violent favelas in the city.
Beside them, curious children ask about the display of the large-caliber arms that they load on their shoulders. Among them there is no fear, nor surprise.
“With that reach to the Morro do Timbau [another of the favelas as part of Complexo da Maré],” says one of the boys while another replies, “Shut up. For that, a better precision rifle [is needed].” (more…)Read More