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Neema’s slum neighborhood in context: On Worldfocus radio

Urban slums, like the one where Neema and Toni live in Dar es Salaam, are growing worldwide. By 2030, 2 billion people across the globe will be living in them, the United Nations predicts.

Mary Wiltenburg
A young girl wanders the Dar es Salaam slum of Kigogo.
Mary Wiltenburg
Chickens are ubiquitous around the Kigogo neighborhood, as are trash piles.
Mary Wiltenburg
Kigogo residents use plastic buckets to collect rainwater for household use.

Urban slums, like the one where Neema and Toni live in Dar es Salaam, are growing worldwide. By 2030, 2 billion people across the globe will be living in them, the United Nations predicts.Recently, I discussed Neema's neighborhood and the growth of slums like hers on the internet radio program Worldfocus, with two experts in the field: Robert Neuwirth, author of "Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters, A New Urban World," and Erhard Berner, an urban poverty researcher and associate professor of developmental sociology at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague.Listen to our conversation here, and click on the links above and at right to see photos of Neema's neighborhood and hear an audio clip of her describing how she found the room she now rents.Travel for this project's Africa reporting was funded in part by a grant from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

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