Kites keep flying over Rio de Janeiro favelas, but they often get caught. Hung up and difficult to be reached, like redemption dreams of the poorest social classes in Brazil.

According to a recent Amnesty International report, the Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) and the military police over the last ten years have killed almost 10 thousand people in the context of the so-called “war on drugs”. The pacification program launched in 2008 inside favelas has led people to a difficult coexistence, pressed on one side by the suffocating presence of gangs and, on the other by that of police. A breeding ground for criminal organisations, which continue to recruit new members off the streets, managing drug trade and waste recycle with the complicity of corrupt police branches. Millions of people worldwide make a living collecting, recycling and selling materials that someone else has thrown away. “There is growing recognition that waste pickers contribute to the local economy, to public health and safety, and to environmental sustainability -according to Wiego, a global network focused on securing livelihoods for the working poor. However, they often face low social status, deplorable living and working conditions, and little support from local governments”.

SUPPRESSED FAVELAS (2015)