- [Chuck] Rival drug gangsbattling for territory
across Brazil have driven its murder rate
to more than 60,000 per year.
In the poorest communities,called favelas,
a young man there is morelikely to die by gunfire
than a soldier in an active war zone.
This young mother of two
asked that we not reveal her name.
- [Translator] Our mainproblem is all the violence.
Sometimes, I can't eventake my kids to school
or even my baby to thehospital if he's sick.
When we're at the house andthe shooting starts outside,
I'm already teaching my children
to lie down on the floor and not move.
Stray bullets are very common here.
- [Chuck] Fed up with theviolence, in October 2018,
the Brazilian peopleelected a new president,
Jair Bolsonaro, a former army captain
who promised to take atough stance on crime.
Bolsonaro is committed tostepping up enforcement
in the worst neighborhoods,even sending troops
into the favelas to take on the gangs.
One of the most elite andwell armed police units
is known as BOPE.
- [Translator] The mission of BOPE
is to act in situations wherethe local police cannot.
For example, hostage situations,
combatting drug dealers, andprotecting the population
through specialized operations.
Despite being a military force,
we are actually part of the police
and we use specializedequipment and weapons.
- This favela thatthey're training in today
is one that they've already cleared
so we know that it's safe,
but you can see the tacticalway that they learn to move,
and that's because you don't really know
who the bad guys are untilthey're shooting at you.
And as you can see, there arewomen and children in here
and they have to go rightby all these civilians.
And the level of training that it takes
to keep from shooting peoplethat don't need to be shot
is really high.
(speaking foreign language)
- [Translator] Our first priority
is to always protect thelives of the citizens.
We must be very aggressive, however,
because the sheer amount of violence
in the areas where we operate.
Victory for us is going intobattle against these gangs
who often bring superior numbers
and winning without losing any of our men.
- [Chuck] But for the peopleliving in these favelas,
victory might simply looklike making it home safely
one more day.
From Rio de Janeiro, I'mChuck Holton for CBN News.