Copacabana Palace
photo by Peter Bauza

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This complex of occupied buildings ironically also called Copacabana Palace is hosting more than 400 people. Most of the squatters came with the expectation to be awarding by the governmental housing-program.
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A young girl is playing in the inner yard of the building during the sunset.
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Halls and floors are in a misarable condition. Some of the floors will not last very long.
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Parked and often abandoned cars give kids an interesting but also dangerous playground.
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The thin red line between life and death is surely dominating here at these occupations. A horse died painful overnight.
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A young girl is sitting outside at the window and is watching the ongoing activities on the street.
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Pele is attending an alternative church service in the occupied buildings. Religion is an important topic for these dwellers.
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Drugs are as elsewhere a common issue. At the occupied buildings the use of drugs surely gives a short relief to their problems.
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Like most Brazilian the dwellers also like the ""baile funk.
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Dweller is holding a chicken for a Macumba Ceremony, supposed to be sacrificed.

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View from inside out to the inner yard of the occupied buildings. They do not count on real closed windows.
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Squatting of abandoned and empty buildings is often the only solution for many of the ""sem tetos"", who cannot afford anymore rents. Empty room has been prepared for an arrival.
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Edilane and 3 of her 7 kids are resting on a mattress on the flor. She is giving soon birth to a son.
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Simone is suffering from a growing tumor and didnĀ“t receive the necessary governmental medical treatment.
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View from inside out of an abandoned car to the occupied buildings at night.
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