Wednesday, 22 April 2009


Brazil spends to transform slums

The headlines concerning the group of favelas or shanty towns in Rio de Janeiro known as the German's Complex or Complexo do Alemao have frequently been grim in recent years.

On one day in 2007, police pursuing drug traffickers killed 19 people here in circumstances that are still bitterly contested.

For the tens of thousands of people who live here, in one of Rio's poorest areas, daily life has sometimes involved treading a fine line between the drug gangs and the police.

But the geography of at least parts of this troubled area has been changing in recent months, as the result of a major investment programme by the state and federal authorities.

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