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The Changing Face Of Rio’s Vidigal Favela
Overlooking Rio de Janeiro, the favela (or slum) of Vidigal - which is divided into a lower and an upper half - has become a battleground of sorts between the raffish tradition of the slums, and the gentrification and pacification process.
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Two ubiquitous sights in the Vidigal favela are the Brazilian flag and satellite dishes. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)

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The daily life for residents of Vidigal is a mix of moto-taxis, meeting up with acquaintances and avoiding the mid-day heat. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)

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At the foot of the hill leading to Vidigal is an open-air amphitheater that gets more use as a gathering place than it does for performances. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)

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Sidewalk space in the favela is rare, if it exists at all, and residents get creative about where to lounge. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)

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Utility companies are starting to making inroads in the favelas to provide official service, but people in some areas still rely on pirated means of lighting their homes. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)

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Lt. Carlos Martins da Veiga, the Vidigal commander of the Pacifying Police Unit (UPP, in its Portuguese acronym). (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)

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Lt. Carlos Martins da Veiga surveying the area where his troops patrol. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)

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The homes of Vidigal stack up right onto the slopes of the Morro Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers Hill). (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)

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The drug gangs that used to control Vidigal were supporters of the Flamengo soccer clubs. Some things in Brazil never change, especially when it comes to soccer. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)

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Many residents set-up shop wherever they can and sell whatever they can. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)

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Some Vidigal citizens at a local market. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)

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As in the United States, the barbershop in Vidigal is an integral part of the community. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)

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A street sign urging residents to “Respect your community.” (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)

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The narrow, winding streets of the favelas are due to the makeshift nature of the construction of the neighborhoods as well as Rio's hilly terrain. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)

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Even in the favelas, Brazilians pride themselves on the cleanliness of their homes. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)

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The street is a place to meet, socialize and reminisce. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)

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Anew home grows in Vidigal, with one of the best views in the city. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)

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One of Vidigal's many stray dogs relaxes in the shade. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)

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Many of the faces one sees in the favelas bear the marks of a lifetime of hard worrying. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)

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Most clothes washing is done outside and by hand. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)

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A beautiful view of the controlled chaos that is the lower section of Vidigal. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)

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A call for peace in Alto Vidigal. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)

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“Very clean Vidigal” doesn’t seem to live up to its billing. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)

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In Alto Vidigal, officers for the UPP have their offices inside a recycled shipping container. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)

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A vendor selling refreshments at the base of Vidigal. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)

The Changing Face Of Rio’s Vidigal Favela

Overlooking Rio de Janeiro, the favela (or slum) of Vidigal - which is divided into a lower and an upper half - has become a battleground of sorts between the raffish tradition of the slums, and the gentrification and pacification process.

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