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Rocinha Favela in Rio de Janeiro - Stock Image

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A favela in Rio de Janeiro, near Bahia neighbourhood.

A favela is the Brazilian equivalent of a shanty town, which are generally found on the edge of the city. They have electricity, but often not formally. Favelas are constructed from a variety of materials, ranging from bricks to garbage. Many favelas are very close and very cramped. They are plagued by sewage, crime and hygiene problems. Although the most infamous ones are located in Rio de Janeiro, there are favelas in almost every large Brazilian town. The name originates from a species of plant with thorny leaves that grows in the semi-arid North-East region. Refugees and former soldiers involved in the Canudos Civil War (1895-1896) in Bahia would eventually settle on unreclaimed public land on a hill in Rio de Janeiro called Morro da Provid
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