In the next three years, Brazil will be hosting two of the world's biggest sports events: the Soccer World Cup and the Olympic Games. With its economy strengthening, the country is making an effort to get domestic development kick-started.
Millions are being invested in infrastructure and the poor areas of the major cities. Like many other disadvantaged areas, the favela of Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro is now patrolled by the UPP, the Police Pacification Units. Despite the security they are supposed to provide, a married father of six recently simply disappeared. The residents of Rocinha blame the police for his disappearance, saying violence has returned and demanding to know the man’s whereabouts at their demonstrations.