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  • Brazilians are adapting to everyday violent crime
  • Brazilians are adapting to everyday violent crime
    Leonardo Veras, Creative Commons (2014) ©

How does violence shape life in Brazil?

Brazil is home to 21 of the 50 most violent cities in the world, with drug trafficking, gang wars, political instability and poverty all fuelling the country’s high crime rates. How are regular Brazilians reacting to persistent urban violence? And how does crime affect their lifestyles?

Location Brazil

Public servant Eliana Lopes, 42, was mugged in late 2016 while walking in Redenção, one of the main parks in Porto Alegre, Brazil’s southernmost state capital. It happened around 6pm, while the sun was still up. A boy looking to be 16 years old pointed a knife at her and demanded her mobile phone. As she didn’t have her phone with her, she gave him her MP3 player.

This wasn’t the first time Lopes had been attacked. Once, she had many items stolen from her bag on a bus, only noticing when she got off. And more ...



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