Slums are powerful and moving, and there is an evident contrasting beauty surrounding them. On the one hand there’s astronomical crime levels, high pollution and extreme poverty and on the other come some of the most inspiring success stories, deriving from the families and communities that are filled with such happiness and joy, despite the fact they may not have much.
Ultimately, regardless of the mystery and apparent 5 minute ‘beauty’ of slums for us tourists, there are important questions that need to be asked and here are 33 moving images of the largest slums in the world that will force you to ask some of those hard questions:
“Those that look like they have nothing
usually have what those that have everything don’t!”
– ☻☺flickr – Photographer of “The happy faces of Dharavi”
Kibera slum, Nairobi – Kenya
Kibera is the largest slum in Nairobi, the largest urban slum in Africa and one of the biggest in the world. It is home to almost 1 Million people.
Dharavi slum, Mumbai – India
Dharavi slum is the largest slum in Asia and is home to over 1 million inhabitants.
Favelas of Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
Slums in Brazil are called favelas and it is in these vast networks of hillside favelas where many of Brazil’s footballing stars are born. Football has, for a long time, been the key to building communities and happiness in Brazil.
Cite Soleil, Port-Au-Prince – Haiti
After the devastating 2010 earthquake conditions in many of Haiti’s slums got worse.
Khayelitsha, Cape Town – South Africa
South Africa’s largest slum deals with extreme poverty, high crime rates and even higher unemployment rates.
Jakarta – Indonesia
Whilst slums may be photogenic and “picturesque” to the photographer or tourist, people are living in extreme poverty and the health issues are astronomical.
Neza Chalco Itza, Mexico City – Mexico
Containing an epic 4 million inhabitants, Neza Chalco Itza is the world’s largest slum and has the highest crime rate in the state of Mexico.
Lagos – Nigeria
Lagos has struggled with the fierce militant Boko Haram and the slums are just getting worse.
Slums of Manila – Philippines
In one of Asia’s fastest growing economies many people are still people left behind in abject poverty.
Caracas – Venezuela
Caracas has one of the highest crime and homicide rates in the world and it’s in the interminable slums where the danger is fueled.
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