Innocents Can’t Escape Rio’s Deadly Crossfires

Rio is a dangerous place:

While the fighting in Rio de Janeiro’s crime war is done by commando-style police and heavily armed drug traffickers, a growing number of the victims look quite different: innocent, joyful children like Maria Eduarda.

Firefights erupt in densely packed, poor favela neighborhoods, leaving thousands of people with nowhere to hide each time the shooting, involving Kalashnikovs and other military grade rifles, begins.

Brazil, with a murder rate of around 60,000 a year, is one of the most dangerous countries in the world.