Photographer Mario Tama has been covering life inside the 'favela' communities of Rio De Janeiro ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The Brazilian government has deployed federal forces to occupy the group of violence-plagued 'favelas' ahead of the June 12 start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The group of 16 communities house around 130,000 residents and have been dominated by drug gangs and militias. One of the largest is Complexo Da Mare which is located close to Rio's international airport. Rio's Police Pacification Unit (UPP) now controls 38 of the city favelas amid the city's efforts to improve security ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.

About Mario Tama

Mario Tama joined Getty Images as a staff photographer in 2001 and has since covered global events including September 11, the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, the earthquake in Haiti and Hurricane Katrina - before, during and after the storm. In 2008 he was nominated for an Emmy for his documentary work on Coney Island and won Cliff Edom's New America Award for his work in New Orleans. His book, “Coming Back: New Orleans Resurgent” was published by Umbrage Editions in 2010.

He studied photography at Rochester Institute of Technology and freelanced in Washington, DC for the Washington Post, New York Times and Agence France-Presse before joining Getty Images. He is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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