In the favelas of Rio, blood again flows.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro helped the authorities stabilize the criminal situation in the favelas-slums that are virtually devoid of any infrastructure. However, shortly after the end of the competition, criminal groups began to win back their positions from the state. Enmity began for power within one of them, and at the same time – a war between cartels for control over the territories. The situation in the city deteriorated.

Since last autumn, government forces have begun to conduct again operations in Rio against the warring drug traffickers. Now residents of the city constantly see the military on the streets, hear explosions and shooting, fall under stray bullets. The last raid took place in the most famous favela of Rosinja on January 25.

In the photo – Military patrol in the favela of Mangueira
Photo: Marcelo Sayao / EPA

Now in Brazil, drug dealers are treated as real distributors, and those who only uses substances. About a third of all prisoners in the country go to prison for selling drugs, but most of them do not really have anything to do with it and were caught with a small amount of marijuana for personal use.

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