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Violence in Rio’s Rocinha Reaches New Heights

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Violence in Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela community, Rocinha, has reached unprecedented levels with 54 people killed in the last six months alone, according to Military Police statistics. This figure amounts to sixty percent of all murders in the community in the last four years. Since January 2014, 91 have been killed in Rocinha.

In addition, according to the mobile app "Fogo Cruzado", which aggregates data related to shootings throughout Rio de Janeiro, this past March, Rocinha registered thirteen homicide victims and 28 shootings, the most of any . . .

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