Behind Bars

Illustration for article titled Behind Bars

[Rio de Janeiro, December 2. Image via Getty]

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 02: A young girl stands in a shopping cart in the poverty ridden City of God favela, or slum, on December 2, 2009 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The favela, which acclaimed international notoriety after the film 'City of God' brought the violence of the slum to millions of viewers, has been largely pacified by police but its over 65,000 residents are still stepped in poverty. As Brazil prepares to host the 2016 Summer Olympics international scrutiny is falling on Rio de Janeiro's favelas where over 5,000 people were murdered last year alone. In the last week violence in tourist areas has increased as drug gangs are increasingly reacting to an increased police presence in the favelas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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I am wondering how come this post has so few comments. Then figured like me, folks didn't know what to say. I initially stopped by to say "what a cutie" but somehow that didn't seem like enough, felt like maybe I was missing the point. But this is a familiar image of poverty to me, so the background fades and i mostly notice the cute child and then i wonder if that belly is from kwashiokor and notice that her hair is straightened and then I start to wonder what am I supposed to do now...