The poetry of Rio's 'Suppressed Favelas'

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  • While visiting Rio de Janeiro, photographer Matteo Bastianelli explored the city's infamous favelas
  • He observed the consequences of "pacification," a state security program designed to reduce crime

(CNN)When Italian photographer Matteo Bastianelli traveled to Rio de Janeiro in August, he wasn't planning on visiting any of the city's infamous slums, known as favelas.

But within a few days, he decided to explore a few of these vast microcosms and get a glimpse into the lives of some of Rio's poorest residents and their complex relationship with the state's security forces.
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