Slum Cities

The photo shown here is a satellite image of the Rocinhas slum area in Rio De Janeiro. I was fortunate enough to visit this area a couple of years ago, and was able to draw comparisons to some other shanty towns I have seen in places like Manila, Kolkatta and Kampala.

Of the 3 and a half billion people who now live in world cities (comprising over half the world’s population for the first time in our history) 827.6 million are slum dwellers. according to a recent UN Habitat Report.

The link below contains a number of satellite images of slum areas – offering  a different perspective to the topic when it arises in lessons:


About devongeography

Head of Geography and Assistant Vice Principal at South Molton Community College, North Devon. Exeter Chiefs supporter!
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