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Rocinha: Two Years After Pacification

By Matthew Elliott, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Rocinha, in Zona Sul (South Zone), is widely considered Brazil's largest favela community, and is certainly the most renowned. Situated on the hillside between wealthy neighbors São Conrado and Gávea, Rocinha is home to just under 70,000 people according to a 2010 IBGE census, although unofficial estimates place the number much higher.

Once infamous for being controlled by violent drug gangs who brandished assault riffles . . .

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