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"We want them to feel at home here," Eduardo Paes said. "I almost feel like putting a kangaroo to jump up and down in front of their building."
"we do not need kangaroos, we need plumbers to account for the many puddles found in the apartments."
As part of its push to improve security ahead of the Olympics, Rio installed so-called police pacification units in 38 favelas. Their intent was less to capture drug traffickers than to reclaim territory. With crime now on the rise, Amnesty International responded with its own mapping tool: an app called Cross Fire to monitor shootouts in the city. About 33,000 cariocas – as Rio’s residents are called – downloaded it in the three weeks since its release this month.
In the period, about 650 gunfights were fed into the app by its users. They see a black map of Rio dotted with colored symbols indicating the severity and nature of the shooting. Submissions are screened and verified by Cross Fire before the map is updated.
“As far as numbers, there really have been more shootouts than we imagined,” Cecilia Olliveira, Cross Fire’s data manager, said in an interview. “The app’s use has really surprised us.”