Vigário Geral (10 images)

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Absolon and Somalia Maria da Silva struggled to raise eight daughters among police raids, drug gangs and ramshackle infrastructure in Rio de Janeiro's violent Vigário Geral slum. Poor family planning education left her constantly pregnant since the age of 15, and still unmarried to Absolon. She didn't want to walk the marriage aisle "with a big belly." Between daughters seven and eight, he finally convinced her to wed.