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The Most Revealing Evidences of Rampant Poverty: Remarkable Slum Areas in the World

While some are living in luxury, billions are living very obscure life due to poverty. Remarkable Slum Areas in the World.

While some are living in luxury, billions are living very obscure life due to poverty.

There are more than 1 billion people living in shanty towns in many parts of the world. A shanty town is also called a squatter or slum settlement where impoverished people live on improvised dwellings made from scrap materials such as plywood, plastics and corrugated metal. In Brazil, a shanty town is called favela.

The unequal distribution of wealth is one of the major reasons why only a few are living luxuriously while 70% of the worldÂ’s population is living below poverty line. Millions are living in the quagmire of poverty living in shanties and would seldom eat a complete meal in a day.

1.) Kennedy Road Shack Settlement: Durban City

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The Kennedy Road Shack Settlement in Durban City in South Africa is a settlement of Abahlali baseMjondolo or Shack Dwellers. It is also known as AbM or the Red Shirts, a shack-dwellersÂ’ movement. This movement is the largest in the country and now also operates in the cities of Cape Town and Pietermaritzburg. It campaigns to improve the living conditions of poor people and to democratize society from below.

2.) Suweto Shanty Town: Johannesburg City, Saint Joseph

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The shanty town on the above picture is located in Soweto, South Africa. It is situated in the urban area of Johannesburg City, South Africa. Majority of the population are Black..

3.) Cite Soleil: Port-au-Prince

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Cité Soleil or Sun City in English is an extremely impoverished and densely populated commune in Port-au-Prince in Haiti. This slum settlement is regarded as one of the poorest and most dangerous areas in the Western Hemisphere and one of the largest slums in the Northern Hemisphere with an estimated 400,000 residents. This slum area was ruled before by a number of gangs, each controlling their own sectors.

4.) Orangi Township: Karachi City

Shanty towns are prevalent anywhere else in the world. In Asia, the largest shanty town is the Orangi Township located in Karachi – the largest city of Pakistan

5.) Khayelitsha: Cape Town 

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In Africa, the largest shanty town in is Khayelitsha which is located in the city of Cape Tone, South Africa. The name is Xhosa for New Home. It is reputed to be the largest and the fastest growing township in South Africa.

6.) Parc Guell Squat Houses: Barcelona City

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Parc Guell is a popular okupas squat that overlooks Barcelona City, one of the most progressive cities of Spain and the host of 1992 Summer Olympics. Squatters started to occupy the area in the 1960s and 1970s due to shortage of urban accommodation. 

7.) Pueblos Jovenos: Lima City

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Pueblos Jovenes or Young Towns in English is the nickname given to the large shanty towns that surround Lima, the capital of Peru and other cities of the country. Two of the most popular shanty towns that were developed into significant districts of Lima are Comas and Villa El Salvador.

8.) Villa Miseria: Argentina

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A Villa Miseria is another term for shanty town or slum settlement. Such settlements refer to slum found in Argentina. Like most shanty towns in the different parts of the world, a Villa Miseria is mostly around the largest urban settlements. Villa Miseria is Misery Village in English.

9.) Dignity Village: Portland City

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Believe it or not but shanty towns can be found also in the United States such as the Dignity Village, a city-recognized encampment of an estimated 60 homeless people. The settlement is located in Portland City in the US state of Oregon.


10.) Tent City: Seattle City

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The ever controversial and popular Tent City is a shanty town or settlement for homeless people. People residing in such places literally live on tents. Contrary to some stereotypes regarding the homeless, many residents of Tent City are employed, mostly in temporary or day labor jobs, but have insufficient income to obtain more permanent housing. Currently, Tent Cities are allowed only on private land with sets of standards for its operation.

11.) Tent City: Darfur City

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Tent Cities are similar to Shanty Towns. The Tent City of 40,000 on the above photo is located in Darfur, Sudan. This temporary shelters made of tents were set up for homeless people or protesters, refugees, evacuees, or soldiers.

12.) Gecekondu: Ankara City 

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The above picture depicts a gecekondu neighbourhod in Ankara City, Turkey. The word is synonymous to Shanty Towns. Gecekondu literally means houses put up quickly without proper permissions. Gecekondu is a direct result of poverty and unemployment.

13.) Dharavi Slum: Mumbai City

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Dharavi Slum is a shack settlement located in the suburbs of Mumbai City, the largest city of India and one of the largest in the world in terms of population. This slum area in Mumbai has a population of more than I million people making it one of the largest slums in the world.

14.) Kibera Slum: Nairobi City

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Kibera Slum is the largest slum in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. Kibera in the Nubian language means Forest or Jungle. The slum area is located 5 km from the city center. It is the largest slum in the city and the second largest urban slum in Africa. Conditions in Kibera are extremely poor like any other slum areas in the world. There are no access for basic services such as electricity and running water.

15.) Diepsloot Township: Johannesburg City

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Diepsloot Township is an informal township located in Diepsloot in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa. This densely populated settlement made up of formal and informal settlements has a population of about 15,900 families.

16.) Cardboard City Slum: Serbia

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The Karton City Slum or Cardboard City Slum was an informal settlement in Serbia. This unhygienic settlement was completely evicted and cleared in 2009

17.) Tai Hang: Hong Kong

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Hong Kong is probably one of the most beautiful and progressive cities in the world but sad to say, poverty also exists in the city. One of the most remarkable slum area of Homg Kong is Tai Hang which means “The Big Water Channel.”

18.) Blikkiesdorp Slum: Cape Town  

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Blikkiesdorp Slum is formally known as Symphony Way Temporary Relocation Area. It is located in Delf, Cape City. This relocation camp was made-up of corrugated iron shacks. Blikkiesdorp is an African term which means “Tin Can Town”., was given its name by residents because of the row-upon-row of tin-like one room structures throughout the settlement. The are contains approximately 1,600 one room structures.

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Sad way for anyone to live. DIGG

I have this article last year about over-population "Squatters on the Roof", and have actually picture on top of an abandoned building right in the middle of Manila, great composition and images.

Wow, this is sad, but very true. Even the U.S. is not immune. Of course most of our poor in the U.S. do have it much better (if that is imaginable) than most of the other countries.

Eye opening. Tweeted.

The worst thing is that the number of people living in poverty is constantly increasing