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October 22, 2009


mallory elise

oh that's so sad. hey i was wondering if you happened to watch Oprah the other day, she was doing a show on the happiest peoples in the world (well women i guess) and she focused on moms in Copenhagen, Dubai, and Rio. they showed the Rio moms house and yadda, and then they went to her maids, erm, house. not that i watch Oprah, but my mom was said "hey look Brazilian moms." :P hehe, so, Oprah likes to focus on the positives. .. .. like bedroom and closet sizes :P


"But the truth is that though it was indeed scary and tragic, it wasn't really out of the ordinary in terms of violence in Rio. This type of thing happens sporadically, but the international media doesn't tend to pay attention."

"Favela battles tend to be confined to the favelas, keeping the residents of other neighborhoods relatively untouched. Even though police may be gunning down traffickers a half hour away, the residents of Ipanema or Gloria may as well be in another country."

Rachel made a very good point -- again. I have co-workers who live in favelas and they say that things are difficult. Some even joke that if they don't show up the next day or the day after that will mean they have died. As for myself, I live in a relatively "safe" neighborhood. Bangu is a huge place, and it has some favelas. I don't live in a Favela, but I live very close to some (Catiri is the closest, that I can get to in about 15 minutes, walking. Not really "dangerous" there, though). It's been YEARS since I witnessed violence in the very neighborhood where I live (a young guy was gunshot right at the corner of my street. Gossips spread that he he was involved with car robbery, and he was killed because of a "misunderstanding" with another member of the same gang. Just gossip..). There are 2 policemen living in the same street as me (there were more before), so that helps give us all a feeling of safety. I feel much safer to walk down the streets here than I felt when I lived in Leme, even when it's late evening (it's generally over midnight when I get home from work). And there are NO beggars in the street, not even those infant ones with indeed a threatening look in their faces (there are tons of them in Copacabana's street). Yesterday when I was commuting to work, as I approached Deodoro (one of the sites for the 2016 Olympics) we could see from the bus (100 meters distance, maybe?) a group of people and the police: they were looking at 2 bodies (probably killed by traffickers the night before). Although everyone in the bus rushed to the window to peer, 10 minutes later we all had already forgotten about it, because somehow we aren't shocked by that sort of scene anymore.


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