“They see death at every corner”

This is how Bezerra de Mello, founder of the Uere school in RIO, describes the consequence of the city’s drug wars on its children.  At this particular school, drills are held often in order to prepare children for the unfortunate inevitable: shootouts.


Schools caught in crossfire in violent Rio de Janeiro slums

Police Robots a Routine Safety Measure

Despite large economic deficits, Rio de Janeiro’s bomb squad unit trumps similar units in South America.  Read on for more on how debt-stricken Rio has managed to build such an advanced defense system and why its routine use has sparked public outrage and ethical concerns.


Rio de Janeiro’s police robot removes and detonates unexploded grenades that drug traffickers leave behind in their battles with the police and rival gangs.

RIO Considers a ‘Mugging Tax’ for Tourists

At a recent lunch event, RIO Mayor-elect Marcello Crivella expressed interest in creating a fund to compensate RIO tourists in the event of a mugging–funded by a tax on those very same tourists.  Mayor Crivella’s hope is to dispel RIO’s “negative image,” but read on to hear what tourism industry leaders have to say in response.

Brazil ‘to charge mugging tax’ to pay tourists back when they fall victim to crime