African Inequality from Space

Urban inequality is no stranger to large metropolises anywhere in the world, and it’s always fascinating to spot them crystal clearly from space.  It’s easy to put two images of a rich and a poor neighborhood side by side, but the fact that you can actually capture urban slums right nextdoor to mansions in one shot is pretty amazing.  I’ve found a few right here in my neighborhood in Accra, which while has its fair share of inequality, is nowhere near unequal as some other African cities.  Vegetation, or lack of thereof, seems to be a common thread that easily distinguishes rich neighborhoods from poorer ones from space.

 

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