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Favela life through the eyes of a child

24 June 2014 Last updated at 16:41 BST

A couple of years ago, merely 'buying a cookie' was a dangerous task in the Doña Marta favela in Rio de Janeiro, according to a child who has lived there his whole life.

The favelas are home to one in five residents of the city.

Thirteen-year-old Raphael told BBC Newsround that he is proud of his home, which is now far safer.

Leah Gooding reports.

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