Published on 25th July 2016 by

The Fighter: The Brazilian town taking on Olympic developers

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Rio’s ​​Vila Autódromo favela was once home to 900 families – until bulldozers moved in under the banner of Olympic development. Now those few who remain are fighting to keep their homes and their community alive.

12-year-old Naomy is tormented by the destruction of her neighbourhood. “Every wall that falls down contains a piece of your life”, she says, explaining that her father built their house with his own hands. As the Games approach, remaining residents are taking on the government, determined to protect their close-knit community. “We’re fighting to stay here”, Naomy asserts. “Giving up has never entered my mind.”

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