Brazil_Providencia 45 images Created 7 May 2013
At 115 years old, Providência is Rio de Janeiro's oldest favela, originally formed when veterans of the bloody Canudos war in Brazil's northeast moved to the city. In April 2010 the community was 'pacified' under the state government's program to restore law and order to informal housing communities in an attempt to drive out drug trafficking. ..The new cable car, or 'Teleférico', which is planned for Rio's Morro da Providência favela community, is now set to open this May according to authorities. The second of its kind in Rio, the large infrastructure project has divided local residents, with transportation improvements coupled with the threat of forced evictions. Thirty percent of the community's population has already been marked for removal by spray-painted with the initials for the municipal housing secretary and an identifying number.