Pictures from the offside

Hello and welcome to my village. At the moment you can visit the house of maurice, peter and the house of joyce as well as our church. Our village is called "mji wa huruma" and is in no map. It is about 40 kilometers from the capital nairobi. We have no electricity, no water and no sewerage, but a separate homepage.

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Actually, a homepage is something that the inhabitants in huruma may need the least, but in the virtual world of the mutual-colorful images, the internet needs exactly such sites like the huruma. What the high-tech surfers of the developed world can be seen there makes clear that a coarse part of the world is cut off from our information society.

So we went to the house of maurice. He shows us proudly his little black and color tv, which he sometimes starts when he can do the money for charging the car battery, to see how the rest of the world actually looks like. His hat is not necessarily suitable for nailing pictures to the wall. This attempt generates only deep cracks in the wall. We also see the little fence on his "principal", so that the next his hat made there built there. But the primary piece sounds like property, but the residents of huruma do not belong anything, over their lives.

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In kenya, mathare also presents itself, only four kilometers from the center of nairobis, through its own homepage its virtual visitors. He is considered one of the big slums of africa. Probably far more than 50.000 people are dense there. The children have got cameras and start to deal with their surroundings. The project, supported by the youth organization nairobi bits, gives the fast-to-roaring newspaper reports on bloody surprised inside this ghetto suddenly a picture and a name. The media effect even begins to call the government on the plan. Prasident daniel arap moi has aka, karogoch, an area of 7 slums with about 100.000 inhabitants to leave the land.

From this you are still a long way in the indian it metropolis of bangalore. During the software developers in their burial buildings online between tokyo and silicon valley of videoconference to videoconferencing pike, turms on the strain of the mull. The metastas of poverty expand. The gap between the uneducated arms and the qualified earning growth.

There is hardly any more than a helpless attempt by the computer education institute nit in new delhi, to set up surf terminals for slum residents at the building piece page: "the children of the slums conquer the web, although they can not read and write", reports institute manager sugata mitra. The sociological result of this observation was discussed much more than the social crops of society.

Rocinha, a huge favela settlement in the shadow of the sugar hut by rio de janeiro, is so seen better. The poor settlement with over 150.000 inhabitants, all in the near the tourist center ipanema, is still illegal and without official water or power supply, but still considered the encouraging model: people in rocinha speak of their city and actually the quarter is no longer a blocking zone for tourists. Of course you have its own homepage that shows a colorful, attractive retailership. An entrepreneur attracts adventurous tourists and organizes a favela tour, which – believes you know well-known travelers – to an unconditional needs of a rio visit. So can be poor: even photographers like andre cypriano moves it in rios forgotten backyard, but the asthetics shown produces a distortion of reality.

As a starting point for own network outflow, the website of the slum dwellers international is recommended. It shows the way to slum dwellers from india, thailand, cambodia, nigeria and other regions of the earth.

There is still much too little slums online. Maybe one should not dispose of the idea from the global village, but to be part of the public, which can not go loose your problems without strangers.

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