No electricity. No water. No sewage. No bathroom. No services. No safety. Tin roof leaking rain water. Plastic sheets. Mountains and rivers of trash. Collapsing structures held together by scraps. Shantytowns, favelas, Ghettos, slums. Growing on the outskirts or at the heart of cities.
Today over 2 Million people live in about 100 slums in Lagos state.
Slum, considered informal settlements, are commonly found in cities. They are known for their inadequate housing along with overcrowding and poor living conditions. As people move into Lagos seeking better economic opportunities, governments struggle to support population growth. Many people who do not have access to alternate housing end up in the slums, and many others are born into the slums and struggle to escape. Slum residents do not own the right to the land they live in, but they settle and create homes nonetheless.
The informal nature of slums often leaves residents on their own to access water and sanitation systems. Overcrowding and poor planning create narrow pathways and uneven earthen roads usually overrun by debris. Residents generally have limited access to building materials and turn to mud, wood and scrap metal to build and repair their homes.
Rapid urbanization, poor city planning, poverty, politics, and natural disasters all contribute to the flourishing of slums.
Slum residents often get trapped in a cycle of poverty, violence, disease, child and maternal mortality and their temporary housing becomes somewhat permanent.
women live below a dollar per day.
Children die daily of preventable diseases.
Girl -childis faced with vices like rape, teenage marriage, sickness and molestations.
Misinformed adults in the slums readily give children tobacco to chew which can lead to under lying health problems. So, what can be done to help people who find themselves living in slums?
Let's bear out our mind. #speakout