In Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, one trauma center has become known as the war hospital

NOVA IGUAÇU, Brazil — One man lay sprawled out in the back of a Brazilian military police officer’s pickup truck, the back of his T-shirt soaked with blood and pierced by bullets.

The blood-smeared body of another man pressed against him. Blood leaked through the truck’s closed tailgate, dripping onto the pavement.

“We need some help here!” two police officers called to staff members outside Nova Iguaçu General Hospital in Rio de Janeiro state this month.

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By Jill Langlois

Photos by Flavio Forner for the Los Angeles Times

Originally published in the Los Angeles Times on March 23, 2018.