Makoko – The Floating City

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The population of Lagos has increased thirty times over since 1950. In a city marked by great inequality, the rich live in areas separated from the rest of the population. The vast majority barely scrapes a living by working several different jobs. Many country people have come to Lagos hoping to find work and make their fortune. Buying a few planks and recycling other materials enables them to build a home, so the city has mushroomed as slums spread rapidly in the absence of urban planning. These settlements have no electricity or running water and can disappear as quickly as they are built when bulldozers cut swathes through the slums to clear land for buildings. (pic. home-mapplet.com)

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