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What a gold medal means to Brazil's slums

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The gold is ours. That's what residents of the City of God favela chanted after Brazil's first gold medals at the 2016 games was awarded to Rafaela Silva who was born and raised in the infamous Rio slum. Reuters' Brad Brooks visited those residents including the judo master's father.
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>> The reaction in the City of God was one of jubilation. As soon as she won, fireworks burst from the houses around here and across the city itself. The people here feels a sense of pride. They feel like they are finally being noticed and they say that Rafaela winning is proof for other residents who might discriminate against people who live in places like this, that there is great talent to be found here, that the people here have worth.
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>> Rio has more than 1,000 slums and about one in five people here live in them. City of God favela stands out for its drug gangs and even a film made about it in 2002 that bears the same name. Still Rafaela's not ashamed of her home, says her father.
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>> Some people hide their roots but she doesn't. She never forgets where she came from.>> Whiles favelas or slums have seen some improvements, the vast majority still see little government presence except when the police come for a bloody shoot-out with the gangs. But residents here hope this gold will break the stigma and show that favelas can produce more than just drugs and violence.