Reality in Rio…
Brazil is nation of immense paradox with many scholars attributing the significant wealth disparity within it’s society, to its cultural traditions and Portugese origins. One argument is that its anti-democratic politics was (and remains) to be a byproduct of the Roman Catholic and Mediterrian world view that stressed the need for harmony, order and the elimination of conflict.
However within the power societies of Brazil, the constitutions were never as ‘democratic’ as they appeared. As a result many of the poor are faced with living in tiny squater settlements as shown in this image. This is the home of this young man, who lives in Rio de Janeiro’s drug-ridden hill side favelas (slums) that look down on the elegant city.
Like many third world metropolis’s, Rio de Janeiro is currently experiencing a dramatic increase in population due to the rural poor migrating to the cities. Consequently due to the high land values and the enormous demand for space, the poor are forced into squatter settlements such these.