Gallery: Rio Favela Survival
This is a story of gangs and lifestyle of "favelas," or slums, in Rio De Janeiro. In the metropolitan area of Rio, there are nearly 700 hundred favelas that contain 20 percent of its population or more, and whose communities are controlled by Law of Violence. Gangsters are, in more than certain degrees, respected by the residents. Many children dream becoming a King of a Favela -- leader of gangsters -- since people regard the person as the most powerful and richest. Yet, at the same time, favela children, especially gangs or quasi-gangs, feel they have nearly no hope, as violence, poverty and discrimination are extremely rampant. Most teen gangsters do not think they can survive till the age of early 20s or so.