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FEATURE Photojournalist Mario Tama visits the Pacified Favelas of Rio ahead of the World Cup

Residents play music in the Pavao-Pavaozinho shanty town community next to neighboring Cantagalo on February 5, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The pacified favelas stand above Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Ahead of the World Cup, some of Rio’s pacified favelas have seen an increase in violence, including a number of shootings in Cantagalo and Pavao-Pavaozinho. Around 10,000 people live in the Cantagalo and Pavao-Pavaozinho communities with a toal of 1.7 million Rio residents residing in shanytowns, many of which are controlled by drug traffickers. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)