Case Penha, bairro do Rio de Janeiro (Brasil)
Fava started preparation of the ‘Penha-case’ during 2010. At the end of that year, December 10, Juliette van der Meijden and Rob van der Bijl had a conversation with Nanko van Buuren, who was, and still is one of our principal contacts in Rio de Janeiro. Nanko works as an aid worker in the Favelas since 1990. Please, watch the video ‘the saving angel of Rios favellas’ here at YouTube.
We discussed with Nanko the events of that month in the Favelas. Particularly we addressed the problems related to the government’s preparation of the World Soccer Games. A week before our interview an official delegation of the Dutch Soccer League had visited Penha. Nanko explained us the events some days later when military took over Penha in a violent way. Obviously local interests are not covered in Rio’s urban policies and schemes.

Footage from ‘the saving angel of Rios favellas’. Courtesy: Search for Passion, 1we, One World Experience (
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