Back in 2006 China - or De Jack Lee had told us about the shootings.
Just the other day, Damian and and I visited him for a pastel while we waited in hope to meet with Rafael again, I was so pleased to see him still there.
He told us yes, there’s less shootings now, but everything else is still the same. The presence of the UPP hasn’t ended the drug factions occupation, it has only ended the police raids.
Back in 2006, he had described to us how just the day before he had pulled a bunch of young primary school kids from the street to safety inside his shop behind the roller doors while police came in their controversial Caveirão (armoured vehicle) and a big gunfight raged through the streets for a few hours. This was a common occurence back then.
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Lecão and Billy, Vigário Geral, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2013
In 2007, Lecão’s sister had a baby, Billy. Without the family knowing, she gave him up for adoption to a couple she met at a party, he was 2 months old. When Lecão, then 19 years old, returned from home to find the baby missing and discovered what had happened, he went to the couple’s house and pleaded to take Billy back. The couple obliged, and in the 6 years since, Lecão has been raising Billy as his own son. Billy calls him Pae and he is applying to become his official guardian.
A blog for my long term photographic project Viver no Meio do Barulho (Living in the Middle of the Noise) is now public! It includes unseen images, behind the scenes and some observations thoughts and ramblings from during my time in Rio at the end of last year. Please go investigate and follow me there for more updates: