Located on the steep hillsides, the favelas of Rio de Janeiro are being targeted for demolition because of their prime real estate value and because the people living in these settlements are often impoverished and lack formal land rights. Under Brazilian law, these residents should be compensated for their lost property, but even in the cases in which remuneration or alternative housing is offered, it is far from adequate.2 The former residents of Favela do Metrô are only a fraction of the more than 8,000 residents who have been evicted across Brazil in preparation for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, and the more than 150,000 people who face eviction over the next four years to make way for $6 billion worth of new infrastructure and redevelopment.3 In Rio, several communities have already been demolished.

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