Brazil is not only the largest country in South America, it's the most populous too. With over 200 million people, four times that of the next runner up, Colombia, which has a population of about 50 million.
A troubled economy and a military regime which lasted from 1964 until the dawn of the 1980's, and which was succeeded by a series of failed governments has left Brazil in a difficult place politically.
The country seems rife with corruption and police brutality, yet despite this it is ranked as one of the largest economies in the world, making 8th in 2017. Where it beat countries such as Italy, Canada, Mexico and even Russia.
Yet, even with such a booming economy the country still finds it self awash with those living below the poverty line. Nearly 25% in fact as of 2017, with entire families bringing in as little as $7 CAD per day. About $500 CAD per month.
It is these impoverished who we find living in some of Brazil's famous shanty towns and favelas. Dilapidated networks of buildings ringing the outskirts of cities like São Paolo and Rio de Janeiro.
These favelas, essentially Brazilian ghettos have also gained infamous reputations for violence, extortion, open drug deals and daylight shootings. Murderous bandits guard their entrances and exits in neighbourhoods where even the police and military fear to tread if they're not arriving in an armored convoy.