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Rio World Cup demolitions leave favela families trapped in ghost town

In Americas on April 28, 2011 at 6:18 pm

By Tom Phillipe

Homes are being torn down and pests and squatters are taking over the rubble of Favela do Metrô, but hundreds of families remain with nowhere else to go.

From the roof of his home in the Favela do Metrô, Eomar Freitas enjoys one of the best views in town. Look south and you see the Christ the Redeemer statue towering over Rio’s mountains. To the north stands the green and pink headquarters of Mangueira, the city’s best-loved samba school.

And in between, one of the world’s top sporting venues, the blue and grey Maracanã stadium, which will host the final of the 2014 football World Cup.

“We worked hard to build this place,” said Freitas, 35 and unemployed, whose family moved to Rio from Brazil‘s impoverished north-east 20 years ago. They built a four-storey home where their wooden shack once stood. “It was a great place to live,” he said.

Not any more. Since February, nearly all of the buildings surrounding Freitas’s home have been levelled as part of work to revamp the city’s infrastructure before the World Cup and the…

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