The negative press and public embarrassment of the favelas has forced Brazilian officials to take some steps toward alleviating the worst of the conditions and abuses. Yet that doesn't wipe away the continued stain of the poverty, neglect and systemic violence that the favelas are still synonymous with. Nowhere has this been more chilling than in the treatment of the children of the favelas.
Certainly, I am not a city planner, politician or even a Brazilian. Hosting the World Cup in 2014 and Olympics in 2016 is a major responsibility and an excellent opportunity to promote a country's public image. However, the desperation I witnessed is not the most enticing picture to broadcast to the world.