The world's largest informal settlement are located on the outskirts of cities such as Cape town, South Africa and Karachi Parkistan. The United nations defines slums as areas with a city lacking clean water ,sanitation facilities, adequate living space , durable houses and housing security. Here are some of the largest slums in the world and the challenges their residents face.
Manshiyat Nasser, Cairo
This slums has a population of about 262,000 residents. It's a home of predominantly to Coptic Christians who work as garbage collectors. As such , it's a hive of recycling and vital to the functioning of the Egyptian capital , yet most homes lack sewers, electricity or running water.
Cite -Soleil, port au prince , Haiti
It has approximately population of 300,000 residents. This slum is highly known for it's high rate of crime spot . Health care and education facilities are scarce and sub- stranded. There is also poor housing facilities and also lack of proper sanitation.
Khayelisha , Cape town , South Africa
This slum has approximately population of 400,000 to 1.2 million residents. It was set up in the 1980s as agheto for black workers who migrated to Cape town in search of jobs during the apartheid era , though it grew rapidly after the oppressive system was abolished in 1994. This slums is facing challenges like inadequate toilet facilities, poor sanitation, over population , high crime rates and many more.
Tondo Manila, Philippines
It host population of about 600,000 residents . Was built on a dump site on the outskirts of metro Manila , it has a population density of 80,000 people's per square kilometer. Dirty water and other hygiene issues mean that disease is rampant and sorting through the rubbish for items that can be sold or recycled is the only source of income for many residents who are lucky if they earn $2.50 a day.
It has a population of about 1 million people's , in this slum residents works as a potter , leather tanners , weavers and soaps makers amid the slum . The residents face many challenges for example poor sanitation, high population and many more.
Liberal, Kawagware and Mathare Nairobi Kenya
It has a population of about 1.5 million people . More than two thirds of the residents in the Kenya capital live in three slums crowded in to 6% of the city's land. Residents here in these slums are facing many challenges for example overcrowding, high crime rates, drugs addiction, insecurity, poor housing and many more.
Other slums in the world include,
Orangi town , Karachi, Parkistan,
Neza slums, Mexico city.
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