BRAZIL: The Human Anthills

From the rear terraces of an expensive new apartment house in Rio, the residents can look down upon the bustling, bawdy life of nearby Kerosene Hill, one of Rio's 120-odd favelas (shanty towns). Kerosene Hill is a jungle of rickety shacks made of packing-case slats, flattened tin cans and odds & ends of junk. Like most other favelas, it has no piped water supply; favelados lug pump water up the hill by the bucketful. A hair-curling stench rises from the shallow ditches that serve the settlement as sewers. "We have a great...

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