MagazineApr 12, 2010
Rio: caught between heaven and hell
Beautiful beaches, sunshine, the Samba, caipirinhas and an undying love for God. These are the heavenly features of Rio, but where there is a heaven there is a hell. Drugs, gang wars, favelas, the BOPE and grieving mothers. The tourists and local middle class are the top drug consumers (mostly marijuana and cocaine) in the city. Drug money fuels the ongoing violence scene in the city for more then 20 years with an average of 18-22 people killed on a daily basis for the past two decades.