Friday, June 27, 2014

2014 Prince Harry visits Cracolandia-SP

British Prince Harry visits Cracolandia (Crackville) in São Paulo along with São Paulo's mayor Fernando Haddad on 25 June 2014, while he was in town during his stay in Brazil as part of Football's World Cup hullabaloo... 

Prince Harry proved to be very fearless and ended up having fun mingling with the recovering crack users. Nothing better than images to prove all...

Prince Harry met recovering crack addicts and was mobbed by huge crowds in a violent São Paulo slum. Luz or Cracolândia (Crackville) as its nickname, is notorious for drugs, with crack available for as little as 80p. An estimated 1 in 3 residents die within 5 years of arriving in Crackland - usually meeting violent ends.

The prince toured a new rehabilitation facility. By Ruth Styles.

Prince Harry speaks to Diana das Neves (25) and Ricardo da Silva (34) both of whom have just started cleaning jobs - at Crackville in São Paulo on a winter afternoon, 25 June 2014.

Prince Harry and S.Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad look on intently as a former crack addict tells his story at the Open Arms (Braços Abertos) rehab centre.

All smiles: The ex-addicts, some of whom were about to begin work in the first jobs they have ever had, beam as they pose with the prince. As a large police and security presence kept order outside, Harry walked into the building and was surrounded by the workers who took his picture with their camera phones. He chatted to reformed drug-users, among them Ricardo da Silva, 34, who first began using crack when he was a young boy. When Harry arrived, Mr. da Silva was beginning his cleaning round - the first job he has ever taken. 'My life was very difficult but now it's changed. I'm trying to forget the past,' he explained.'I started to use crack when I was eight. In the past I used crack 24 hours a day but not anymore.' Smiling, he added: 'The last time I used it was on Sunday.' Nevertheless, Mr. da Silva, who spent 4 years on the streets of Crackland says he is turning over a new leaf.

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Do we have something to celebrate? I guess so! Prince Harry got into the spirit of things... 

in the meantime... it's business as usual at Crackville...

Good morning, Mr. Sunshine, you brighten up my day...

Fernando Haddad guides Prince Harry through the maze of cameras & people.

Cracolandia's glorious day!

Tragic: Prince Harry looks grim as he meets recovering crack-addicts and hears their stories in Cracolândia - one of the most notorious slums in Brazil.

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