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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Natalia Gonzales, a 15-year-old crack user, lives in the Manguinhos slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Once, blatant sale of crack at outdoor drug markets led to areas of Manguinhos and surrounding shantytowns being dubbed Crackland. But the drug seems to be disappearing from the streets.
Certain drug bosses say they have stopped selling crack, because it destabilizes their territories, making them harder to control. City authorities also take credit for the change, saying it is the result of a police offensive to retake slum areas long abandoned by the government.
The Associated Press
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About the photographer
Felipe Dana was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1985.
He got an early start on his career at age 15 when he began working as an assistant photographer. He later pursued a degree in photography at a local university, all the while working as a commercial photographer and contributing to various local and international news agencies.
In 2009, he decided to dedicate himself solely to photojournalism, documenting the social upheaval in his native Rio de Janeiro as the city prepares for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.
Felipe works for the Rio de Janeiro bureau of The Associated Press.