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Faces Of Urban Struggle

My Life is a Struggle Voltaire There’s a lot of struggle in Ghana’s impoverished urban environment — urban poverty, wretched housing, environmental crisis (air pollution, plastic pollution, etc.). Thousands of people in Ghana flee their towns and villages to cities in search of employment opportunities every year. Many end up in urban slums, where the […]

December 9, 2019

Man Smoking Cigarette Photo: Millions of young people in Africa flee rural poverty to cities every year in search of greener pastures. Many end up in urban slums, where living conditions are much tougher than where they came from. To make it worse, a lot of them have no education at all. For instance, over 40% of the youth between 15 – 35 in Ghana have no education. © 2019 Muntaka Chasant

My Life is a Struggle Voltaire There’s a lot of struggle in Ghana’s impoverished urban environment — urban poverty, wretched housing, environmental crisis (air pollution, plastic pollution, etc.). Thousands of people in Ghana flee their towns and villages to cities in search of employment opportunities every year. Many end up in urban slums, where the […]

My Life is a Struggle

Voltaire

There’s a lot of struggle in Ghana’s impoverished urban environment — urban poverty, wretched housing, environmental crisis (air pollution, plastic pollution, etc.).

Thousands of people in Ghana flee their towns and villages to cities in search of employment opportunities every year. Many end up in urban slums, where the living conditions are even harsher. They cannot go back home because it is just as worse in their towns and villages as it is in the cities. Their lives are immersed in sadness and pain no matter where they find themselves.

Some hawk on the streets in the day and take up a slice of the night-time economy through prostitution or makeshift food joints in the suburbs at night. Others sleep on cement sidewalks with their only possessions as pillows and wake up to labor in the most toxic environment imaginable.

The stress and strain of living in this rapidly changing urban environment are becoming unbearable for many young people in Africa.

Capturing their unrelenting struggle for survival in this harsh and brutal city life comes with a price for me — sleepless nights.


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For me, some of the faces below reflect the harsh conditions and mass struggle in Accra, home to one of Ghana’s functional urban cores.

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