Life for poor people in a slum

@maximax8 (28250)
United Kingdom
August 28, 2011 5:47am CST
Last night I saw a documentary about slums in Manila in the Philippines. It showed the living conditions of the very poor and some of the people had been living there for 20 years. Some of these people from the slums have been moved into the countryside four hours by road from the Philippines. They don't like it there because it is in the middle of nowhere with no work. The capital city has work so it is more appealing for the slum living people. The government has a long term plan to get rid of all the slums and re-house all the slum living people. A slum to me looks like a temporary structure and it seems very crowded. The area was sprayed to kill any mosquitoes that could give malaria. Police have moved into the slums to stop the slums being burnt down. What do you think about the slums in Manila and other places? Is it right of the government to get move the people and get rid of the slums?
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14 responses
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
1 Sep 11
Unfortunately, there is always the misconception of people that money is easier in the big city. And that even if they are provided with better living conditions in the country side, it still does not compare with the opportunities in the city. It is sad. I just hope that aside from getting rid of the slums, and moving the people to the countryside, they also teach people of the advantages of living better. In a better place, and away from all the possible sickness in slums.
• Latvia
29 Aug 11
In my opinion more you have more you need. There is only one condition. Something in your stomach and normal climate. If they haven`t learned to be clean, handle with care to their health, work something what conditions allow such as agriculture... nobody can help them.
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
29 Aug 11
hi maxim, i would rather say that people in slums are not all poor. there are those which i call in the middle, because they have decent work, but chose to stay right near their workplace. government tries very hard to give these slum dwellers a decent place to live like opening up spaces and putting in roads but of course, since manila is already overcrowded, they are transferred somewhere far from it. and these people dont like that. sometimes they put up a fight just to be able to stay where they are even if it is in the slums. and this is not happening only in manila. you can see them in all developed cities all over the philippines. i will ask a question here - if you were staying in the slums and for 20 years, wouldnt you try to uplift the kind of living you are in? wouldnt you like a better and cleaner surrounding? all i can say is, these people are content that they are not giving anything in terms of taxes to the government because they do not own the land, nor do they pay for the businesses they put up there. what our government needs is political will. ann
@jricky1 (6809)
• China
29 Aug 11
I think it would be very hard for the people of Philippines to in slums,just like the people in India.Sometimes the gap between the poor and the rich is just so big,so i suppose the government should take some measures to make his people live a better life.Slums are just not a good place for people to live.At lease it would be very hard for me.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
29 Aug 11
Slums or squatters, that's what they are called here in our country. It is where people who cannot have buy or rent any places to live in build in very scanty or light structures their homes to house their families.There are even some who live under bridges plied 24/7 by transportation of all types. Some have better structures than others while others have only huts made of card boards or light materials they find in the environment. This is a very sad situation to be in, but I think the problem is so huge that our government feels helpless in giving permanent solution to this since it is all over the country.
@Graceekwenx (3163)
• Philippines
29 Aug 11
Hello Maximax! I am a Filipina and i for one would like to get rid of the slums. Most of these people came from the provinces hoping for greener pastures in Manila but have not been successful enough. They are very poor and they would decide to build up shanties in the most ridiculous of places like under the bridge, near the shores of the river, and they would join in the rest of the squatters. It is such an eyesore. It is right for the governement to move the people and get rid of the slums. This was once done by former Pres. Estrada. He moved the squatters out and had them moved to another place. Unfortunately so, most of these people are professional squatters, they would be given a place for free but would still sell them to other people! Some of these squatters would even complain about moving because they prefer their current squatting area. Imagine that? And i thought beggars cant be choosers. Poverty here is such a big problem.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
28 Aug 11
Hi maxi, have you watched the film "Slum dog millionaire" ? The picture focused the life of slum people of Mumbai,India. You can see there the horrible condition of slums and the dwellers. There is no sanitation,no pure drinking water, no electricity. In this condition children grow there and become thieves,pickpockets, smugglers or agents of call girls. This is the condition of the inhabitants of slums of poor countries.
@besthope44 (12145)
• India
28 Aug 11
I usually think of the poor and slum people when i find the food at our home gets wasted. There are millions who suffer for their essential food and its painful to see many slums are still not given a support or lift in the society and country. They are treated as weeds in plants. And wonder who can change the fate our mates. Lets government and people all over world should concentrate on the life of these people who are killed merciless every time. And I wish they should get all rights like us.
@GreenMoo (11842)
28 Aug 11
Slums may be eyesores and something which many people want to dismantle, but they are homes for many, many people. It´s unsurprising that many ex slum dwellers return to them. They are close to work opportunities, and those are pretty essential to most people.
• Philippines
28 Aug 11
hi maximax, It is true there are slum areas here in my country but also in some part of the world Those unsettled resident are force to move from a near province by the government because it is one way of giving them a chance to have a decent home but some of them sell the house and return to the city. Maybe the government needs more efficient plans for them but if the scenario of getting a free home then sell it again and go back to the place where they came the slum issues will never be solve. happy mylotting
@redik11 (131)
• Norway
28 Aug 11
there is nothing to do with slums, anyway moneytalks, so give a cop 100$ and he'll leave you alone
@darile (36)
• Italy
28 Aug 11
It's a sad reality of our world, but rich country should help these countries out of poverty
28 Aug 11
Hi maximax8, The slum area is usually overcrowded and many people live in poor conditions. It is the concern of any government to help solve the problem of slum dwellers. That is why, the government put up a housing program to relocate the people. The structure is there, ready to live in, but, problems still arise in these locations. Many people complain that there is no water supply, there is no economic activity in the area, they are far from their workplaces, etc. So many things to complain about, despite the fact that they already have a permanent and decent house to live in. So, they go back to the city and build their houses again in the slums. Maybe, to really solve the problem of slum dwellers, the government should not only provide housing units in relocation sites, but also, provide economic activity in the area like commercial establishments (supermarket, department store, theaters, etc.), even a church, hospital or clinic, where people can go to. And most of all, provide jobs in the area. So that, people will not leave and they have something to earn for their family .
@debshie (392)
• Philippines
28 Aug 11
That's a lot of slums there but yes I agree with what the government is doing. Manila is shall we say the most developed place in the country - and the slum areas can be developed into buildings and commercial areas. By doing this, the government could generate more jobs and more income. This would also make the place a bit cleaner and more peaceful. We can't deny the fact that the more 'squatters' in a place, the higher the crime rate, the dirtier the place. What I do not like though is how the government has relocated these people. Moving them to far places, with no source of income, half-done houses. Some have no water supply and even electricity. The government should at least give them a decent home, source of income so these people could survive.