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Life after Sao Paolo’s major drug crackdown


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Two months ago, the Sao Paolo city government ordered the removal of Cracolandia neighbourhood, Brazil’s largest community of drug users and home to nearly 2,000 mostly crack cocaine addicts.

Critics say the government wanted to free up the area for development.

Al Jazeera’s Daniel Schweimler reports from Sao Paulo on what has become of its former residents.

Life after Sao Paolo’s major drug crackdown video


Nobody starts life thinking “I’m going to be a crack addict when I grow up.” It is the inequities and harshness of our culture that creates the hopeless despair that allow drug addiction to flourish.