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The slums of Mumbai. The poverty and pollution there was unimaginable.

An estimated 50 million Indians- live in sub- human conditions in thousands of slums across the country. They do not have access to the basic necessities of life amidst an ocean of plenty and prosperity in metros.

What if we invited them in to the slum? We could add an entrance to the tent that looks like one of these shacks and have some 'garbage' eloquently arranged around the entrance. We could use fabrics from the other pictures (bright, patterned cotton fabric as table covers over dark blue) and use grass skirts as table skirts. Candles in beaded or mercury glass will set a nice tone

‘East Africa Chronic Poverty Report’ in the pipeline: Building an evidence base to tackle chronic poverty in East Africa

In Africa, in the slums, they say they fear the rain, because the water hits the tin roofs so loudly that no one can hear screams when someone breaks in to steal, rob, rape, or kill.

In Africa, in the slums, they say they fear the rain, because the water hits the tin roofs so loudly that no one can hear screams when someone breaks in to steal, rob, rape, or kill.

The rooftops of Dharavi - The rooftops of an urban Indian slum. (Mumbai, India)

rooftops of an urban indian slum / mumbai / india / gates foundation

The darker side of Mumbai, India (and India, and most places) - wretched, fascinating, important

This is a picture of the Dharavi Slum in Mumbai. Dharavi is one of the largest slums in the world. There is so much pollution in the water and on land that people are living on top of the houses.