Government Aims to Improve Social Projects in Pacified Favelas

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – MARCH 20: A boy flies a kite in a section where some houses are constructed with wood and mud in the ‘pacified’ Pavao-Pavaozinho ‘favela’ community on March 20, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The favela stands above famed Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, two of Rio’s wealthiest neighborhoods. The government recently created a commission with the objective to increase social projects in ‘favela’ communities such as Pavao-Pavaozinho that have a Pacifying Police Unit (UPP). The new aim acknowledges that the communities, many of which remain plagued by violence and other issues, cannot solely be ‘pacified’ by police operations. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)