More often than not, people complain that they’re living in a bad neighborhood just because they have a few noisy neighbors or because a mugging may occur there once in a blue moon. We take for granted the fact that almost every one of us has running water, heat, electricity, and access to the Internet. However, there are a lot of people who are not so blessed to have these basic amenities, and live in slums that are really plagued by crime, drugs, and disease.
10. Cite-Soleil, Port au Prince, Haiti
Cite-Soleil is situated on the outskirts of Port au Prince, Haiti, and although it has a very exotic name (Cite-Soleil means Sun City), it is nothing like what you would imagine it to be. First of all, the city has no sewage system and is made up of hovels. All the garbage and excrement are present in stagnant puddles that are infested with mosquitoes. Like you would expect, the life expectancy isn’t very high here (it is in the low 50s). Police never visit Sun City, which means that dangerous drug lords are able to control the streets.
The Red Cross mentions that this town is a melting pot of all the ills present in Haiti, which include illiteracy, insanitary conditions, armed violence, drug dealing, unemployment, and more. Back in 2004, the United Nations tried to restore some order to the town, and sent thousands of troops to battle with the drug gangs. Order was restored for a brief period of time, but nowadays Sun City is still filled with violence.
9. Favelas Of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Even though Rio de Janeiro is not only a beautiful city, but one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world as well, you still wouldn’t want to find yourself in certain parts of it. While everyone who visits the city definitely goes to the beautiful beaches or goes to see the statue of Christ the Redeemer, they steer clear of the favelas. In case you’re unfamiliar with them, favelas are huge slums made up of small shacks that are built on top of each other using stone, lumber, and metal.
As you may have guessed it, people who live in favelas are faced with extreme poverty, so they have no choice but to resort to violence. There is no police force, and the neighborhoods are almost always run by drug lords. Thankfully, because of the 2016 Summer Olympics that are going to be held in Rio, the police now have somewhat of a presence in these parts of the city.