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Flowering favelas: Rio's Santa Marta slum rebounding after police cleanup

A good news story from Brazil.

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Gustavo Nascimento da Silva, 5, flies his kite at the Santa Marta slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2008 police stormed Santa Marta to evict the dealers as the community became the pilot in a program to root out gangs and bring government services to slums long abandoned by the state. The program has since been replicated in a dozen slums, all in a bid to make one of the world's more dangerous cities safer before the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

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A man carries a container of bottles next to electric wires at the Santa Marta slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jan. 4.

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Boys sit outside a grocery store at the Santa Marta slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jan. 4, 2011. In 2008 police stormed Santa Marta to evict the dealers as the community became the pilot in a program to root out gangs and bring government services to slums long abandoned by the state. The program has since been replicated in a dozen slums, all in a bid to make one of the world's more dangerous cities safer before the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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Leidemar Barreto stands outside her home at the Santa Marta slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Costumers have their hair cut at the Ze do Carmo barbershop at the Santa Marta slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jan. 4. From his barbershop carved into the steep flank of the hillside slum where he grew up, Jose do Carmo used to cut the hair of the neighborhood's drug dealers and of the addicts who walked up the narrow alleyways for a fix and stayed for the $5 trims.

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Residents play table tennis at the Santa Marta slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.