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Photojournalist Jonas Bendiksen spent six weeks living in and photographing the slums of Nairobi, Caracas, Mumbai, and Jakarta. Bendiksen’s photos of family homes portray a reality that clashes with popular perception. “I wanted to show who lives in these slums,” he says. “People think of them as mainly criminals and prostitutes. But the people who live here are basically mommies and daddies, going about their normal daily lives, with a lot of challenges.” [%comments]

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  1. frankenduf says:

    beautiful, empathetic series of pics- however, the tide turning towards more city dwellers than rural is ominous for the plight of the poor

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  2. Eric M. Jones says:

    @1— frankenduf

    Look at some of the squatter cities presentations on TED and you will change your mind. Humans prefer to be in squatter cities, and there is nothing but benefits for humanity (and even global warming!)

    The idea that the small farm and tiny villages are better than gigantic cities is an idea that has seen is worn out.

    Squatter cities turn into real cities eventually.

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  3. Derick says:

    I feel the same way about the poor area I live in (Malvern, in Toronto). The media (whether critical or sympathetic) always portrays it as nothing but criminals, and all the solutions revolve around how we can change the criminal’s environment so that they don’t grow up and become criminals. No credit or sympathy is given to the vast majority of law-abiding citizens who live in these areas and have to mingle with the high percentage of criminals.

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