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I love these favela images by Fernando Alan.
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Sometimes images speak louder than words. The pictures of the favelas of Rio are absolutely flooring. People live in these. People have to withstand flooding, overcrowding and little to no sanitation system. These houses are not made to stand, there is no strong foundation or insulation. This really opens a person's eyes to what poverty is.
The favelas in Brazil are a fascinating sight because of the way they are built on hills with raw and old materials and also how they are often out of sight of Brazil's major tourist areas. The favelas house the impoverished of Brazil and are often their own little cities with markets and neighbors trying to survive on little money. The favelas are also breeding grounds for gang activity and drugs which the Brazilian government has tried and often failed to control because the police are seen as the enemy in the favelas.
Being built on hillsides makes them so interesting because they have carved their own narrow streets and built long bridges on stilts to prevent and mudslides from taking their homes and roads down the hill with them. The people have adapted to this poor lifestyle in some onnovative ways and these photos provide a glimpse into it.
beautiful from an putside perspective, but it's terrifying to me how close and cramped those houses are, how far up steep mountains they are. It reflects to horrible poverty going on in Brasil today.