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Santa Marta’s favela is experimentally occupied by the pacification police unit (UPP) since early 2009, after 30 years of domination of the drug dealers & suffering military police violence. The government of Rio invested in building a cable car, to ease the access; also, a controversial wall supposed to limit and protect the near forest, and survey cameras – all this without any consultation & debates with the inhabitants of the favela.

Ivanildo Carmo dos Santos, a photographer born and still living in the favela, documents the evolution of his community, with portraits of the children who live inside the favela.

A constant questioning arises in the eyes of the children photographed by Ivanildo.

The harshness of the life in the favela, the violence that they have been exposed to have turned them into little adults, in mid- childhood.


Source: Agencia Olhares 


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