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May 31, 2013

Gun violence: Salvador, Brazil

The city of Salvador, Brazil, one of the country's main tourist destinations and a 2014 World Cup host city has suffered from an unprecedented wave of deadly violence with an increase of more than 250% in the murder rate (according to the Brazilian Center for Latin American Studies (CEBELA). Reuters photographer, Lunae Parracho traveled to Salvador to document a police patrol through the slums, high-tech police training, a homicide squad, victims of gun violence; and to make portraits of drug gang members. The images that follow are all by Parracho. -- Paula Nelson( 24 photos total)

Police patrol in the Nordeste de Amaralina slum complex in Salvador, Bahia State, March 28, 2013. One of Brazil's main tourist destinations and a 2014 World Cup host city, Salvador is suffering from an unprecedented wave of violence (Lunae Parracho/Reuters)

Police react while on patrol in the Nordeste de Amaralina slum complex in Salvador, Bahia State, March 28, 2013. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters)#

Police search youths for weapons and drugs while on patrol in the Nordeste de Amaralina slum complex in Salvador, Bahia State, March 28, 2013. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters)#

A boy plays on the street of the Nordeste de Amaralina slum complex as a policeman patrols in Salvador, Bahia State, March 28, 2013. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters)#

A policeman patrols as a family crosses a street in the Nordeste de Amaralina slum complex in Salvador, Bahia State, March 28, 2013. Armed policemen are a common fixture on the streets. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters)#

Police patrol past the "rifle wall" pockmarked by bullets from many shootouts between drug gangs and police, in the Nordeste de Amaralina slum complex in Salvador, Bahia State, March 28, 2013. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters)#

A police officer watches live security cameras aimed at different points of the city where violence is common, at a command center in Salvador, Bahia State, March 28, 2013. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters)#

A pistol painted on the bottom of a cross stands as a threat to police in the Nordeste de Amaralina slum complex in Salvador, Bahia State, March 28, 2013. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters)#

Police patrol in the Nordeste de Amaralina slum complex in Salvador, Bahia State, March 28, 2013. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters)#

Police special forces train to operate against drug gangs in Salvador, Bahia State, March 28, 2013. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters)#

Police special forces train to operate against drug gangs in Salvador, Bahia State, March 28, 2013. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters)#

Police special forces train in Salvador, Bahia State, March 28, 2013. Salvador suffers from an unprecedented wave of violence with an increase of over 250% in the murder rate, according to the Brazilian Center for Latin American Studies. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters)#

Brazilian drug gang members pose with weapons atop a hill overlooking a slum in Salvador, Bahia State, April 11, 2013. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters)#

A Brazilian drug gang member nicknamed Firecracker, 22, poses with a gun atop a hill overlooking a slum in Salvador, Bahia State, April 11, 2013. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters)#

A Brazilian drug gang member nicknamed Pilintra, 26, poses with a gun atop a hill overlooking a slum in Salvador, Bahia State, April 11, 2013. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters)#

A Brazilian drug gang member nicknamed Giant, 17, poses with a gun and his medallion of St. George, in a slum in Salvador, Bahia State, April 11, 2013. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters)#

A Brazilian drug gang member nicknamed Poison, 18, poses with a gun atop a hill overlooking a slum in Salvador, Bahia State, April 11, 2013. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters)#

A Brazilian drug gang member nicknamed Giant, 17, poses with a gun atop a hill overlooking a slum in Salvador, Bahia State, April 11, 2013. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters)#

The body of a person identified by the police as a transvestite named Rodrigo, lies on the street where he was shot in the Alto do Cabrito slum of Salvador, Bahia State, March 30, 2013. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters)#

The body of a person identified by the police as a transvestite named Rodrigo, is removed by police forensic workers from the street where he was shot, March 30, 2013. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters)#

The body is loaded into a vehicle by police forensic workers in the Alto do Cabrito slum of Salvador, Bahia State, March 30, 2013. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters)#

Brazilian woman Ana Claudia, who witnessed her son Reinaldo being beaten and shot dead by drug traffickers, cries during an interview in the Fazendo Couto slum of Salvador, Bahia State, April 11, 2013. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters)#

Residents observe the body of a person shot in the head in the Sao Cristovao slum of Salvador, Bahia State, April 13, 2013. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters)#

Police forensic workers remove the body of a person shot dead on the streets of the Sao Cristovao slum of Salvador, Bahia State, April 13, 2013. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters)#



 
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