the right to remain (brazil)

Although the Constitution of Brazil guarantees the right to housing to all of its citizen, exercise of that right is under jeopardy as the country prepares for the influx of visitors for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

A young man stands outside his home in the beachside City of Fortaleza, Brazil. Fortaleza is one of several cities to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. As the excitement for the World Cup builds, Fortaleza's favela (slum) residents grow worried about impending eviction. 

Yope Maria, a resident of the favela Poco da Draga since 1961, has raised her 10 children, 14 grandchildren, and now a great grandchild there. Now, she and her neighbors fear they will be evicted to create a parking lot for a new acquarium. She is confident that she is a legal owner but has little hope of compensation or resettlement.

Development in Fortaleza is moving up the coast where another favela (slum) is slated for demolition.

In February 2014, Jean Paulo Teixeina Silva and his family were forcibly evicted – without notice – from his home in the favela (slum) of Alto da Paz in Fortaleza, Brazil.  Now homeless, he stands with the only belongings he could carry in front of images of the violent eviction.

A modest favela (slum) home in the City of Fortaleza is tagged for demolition, the only notice that the City of Fortaleza gives residents of its plans to demolish the home.

In defiance, some favela residents paint over the "X" tag that the City of Fortaleza uses to indicate that a home will be demolished.

The ocean is the primary -- and most affordable -- source of food for residents of the favela (slum) Poca da Draga, Fortaleza.

Boys and men compete to see who can do the best dive off of the seaside pier in Fortaleza.

An elderly man who had been evicted from his home on the ocean looks out from his new home in the favela (slum) Poco da Draga, which may be demolished for a parking lot.

A favela (slum) resident of Fortaleza looks out at the Atlantic Ocean.