Problems with Favelas
A favela is a type of place where the poor live. They are built on hillsides outside of major cities, all of which are dirty, unsanitary and are very dangerous places to live. Rocinha is the largest Favelas in Brazil it is home to 69,000 people. Approximately 200,000,000 people live in Favelas. Lots of these Favelas are built on private property, therefor making them illegal. They are also known as shanty towns, many people think the Favelas got their names from there flower Favela as they used to grow on the hillsides where the Favelas now are.
The living conditions of Favelas are very rough there is no indoor plumbing so they have to throw their ‘waste’ into the streets of the Favelas. Due to the fact they have no plumbing they have to drink from the dirty puddles of water which contain their ‘waste’. Diseases thrive in the shanty towns over 30 people a day die from disease in Favelas. Typhoid is one of the biggest killers in the Favelas the symptoms of typhoid is high fever, sweaty and diarrhoea, its cause by contaminated salmonella and gets spread through contaminated food and water. It can easily be treated by antibiotics.
Violence is at its all-time high in the Favelas, the government says they will clean the Favelas for the 2014 world cup and 2016 Olympic games. They hope that these events will bring mass tourism and a lot of money into the country. The government also want to tackle all of the drug groups in Rio as the police have little or no control over the Favelas. Soon the 38th Favelas will be armed with a new force of police officers (aimed at terrorists and drug users) as an attempt to stop violence.
Brazil public view towards the Favelas most of Brazil are not happy about the shanty towns and in 1970 a removal process of the Favelas began, all the residents from the wooden houses were evacuated and all was flattened. New houses were built for the old Favelas residents and they moved into public housing. In recent...