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'I Pray Every Day,' Says Rio Slum 'Warrior' Leading 15-year Land Title Fight

"Dona Edir, Dona Edir" — the call is heard frequently in the narrow lanes of Canaa, a slum on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. It is for Edir Dariux Teixeira, who is well known among the residents, having spent more than a third of her life trying to improve infrastructure and basic services in the ramshackle settlement. At the heart of that fight are legal property titles to the residents' homes — or, more accurately, the lack of them. "Without these documents we...

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