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Located in the heart of Mumbai, the Dharavi slum is like a city within the city. Now ambitious plans for redevelopment mean its days are numbered.
Home to one million residents, Dharavi is a hive of activity, providing Mumbai with an essential recycling service. However, the slum will soon give way to brand-new apartments. Developers claim everyone will be re-housed into better accommodation, but unfair rules mean most families wont be able to benefit from the change. Driven out of their homes, they will lose everything. As one mother puts it: ”We will stay here until they demolish, then we’re in the hands of God.”
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Vote for me: Elections in Manila
During election season in Manila, politicians are out fishing for votes, but the locals are not all convinced.
Politics is at the heart of any city and no more so than in the slums of Manila. Every three years, over 300,000 local councilors and chairmen and women are voted into their barangays, or districts, right across the country.
At the end of the typhoon season, with local election fever sweeping through Manila, politicians out in force fishing for votes.
Erlinda squats in the Happyland slum amongst the mountains of rubbish, where she has lived without electricity and running water for years. She is a little sceptical when local politician, Leny Reyes, comes knocking. Promises have been made before and as far as she as she is concerned, nothing changes.
Across the road, Vicky Reyes is fighting for another three-year term as chairman of her barangay.
While politicians fish for votes, local pastor and former businessman Ramil Mateo fishes for souls from his tiny church at the base of now abandoned rubbish tip. His biggest challenge however is whether he can keep his marriage together.
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For the majority of Manila’s slum dwellers, home is a school of hard knocks and the only way out of their desperate situations is in a box.
Generations have been born and will die in Tondo. But against the odds, a few do succeed in escaping the slums, and some even move on to better lives, achieving wealth and success beyond their wildest dreams.
Jessa Balote, 15, lives in Aroma slum where she shares one room with her family of nine. When they first arrived in Tondo, the family worked as scavengers – the default job for newcomers to the slums.
Elsewhere, mixed martial arts fighter Jessie Rafols faces hard knocks. He has become known as ‘The Finisher’ and excels among fighters in the Philippines.
Growing up in the slum has given him a hunger for success, but disaster strikes, and six months of training may come to nothing after he injures his knee four weeks before a fight.
Fighting is not the only way to break out of the slum. Would-be model Justine, 17, is earning her way out, performing in pageant and fashion shows. But she is also seeing the murkier side of the industry, and finding that the reality of making a living through modelling is far from glamorous.
This six-part series follows the residents of Manila’s Tondo slum as they live, love, survive and aspire in some of the world’s toughest living conditions.
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