Lucia Cabral peers through a bullet hole in her door in the Alemao favela complex. Like people everywhere, she checks her phone soon after she wakes up in the morning. In these favelas, she says, it's a matter of life or death. Joao Velozo for NPR hide caption

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Far From Olympics, Violence Rises In Rio's Poorest Neighborhoods

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People walk past graffiti art in the Providencia community of Rio, a favela that dates back to 1897. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Is The Risk Of Catching Zika Greater In Poor Neighborhoods?

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Residents look on as Brazilian military police officers patrol Mare, one of the largest complexes of favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 30. In one of the world's most violent countries, homicide rates are dropping — but only for whites. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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In Brazil, Race Is A Matter Of Life And Violent Death

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Two young men play street soccer in the Rio de Janeiro shantytown of Vidigal on May 14. Marcelo Sayao/EPA/Landov hide caption

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In Brazil, Pacification Paves Way For Baby Steps To Democracy

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Robert Laurindo recently opened Casa da Tapioca in favela Vidigal, in Rio de Janeiro. He purchased a two-level, one-bedroom building, which includes the cafe on the ground floor. Here, he serves his grandmother's tapioca recipes to Elizangela Ferreiro, right, and her daughter, Jessica da Silva, originally from Sao Paulo, who recently moved to Vidigal. Lianne Milton for NPR hide caption

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Once Unsafe, Rio's Shantytowns See Rapid Gentrification

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