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One billion people worldwide live in slums, a number that will likely double by 2030. The characteristics of slum life vary greatly between geographic regions, but they are generally inhabited by the very poor or socially disadvantaged. Slum buildings can be simple shacks or permanent and well-maintained structures but lack clean water, electricity, sanitation and other basic services. In this post, I've included images from several slums including Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, the second largest slum in Africa (and the third largest in the world); New Building slum in central Malabo, Equatorial Guinea; Pinheirinho slum - where residents recently resisted police efforts to forcibly evict them; and slum dwellers from Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi, India. India has about 93 million slum dwellers and as much as 50% of New Delhi's population is thought to live in slums, 60% of Mumbai. -- Paula Nelson (55 photos total)
Cambodian lawmaker Mu Sochuo, from the opposition Sam Rainsy party, pleads with riot policemen to stop a forced eviction of villagers at a slum village in the centre of Phnom Penh, Jan. 4, 2012. Cambodian lawmakers from the opposition Sam Rainsy party visited the village after authorities forcefully evicted villagers from the Borei Keila community in the capital. (Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images)

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SHIPSHAPE: Workmen painted and repaired the Royal Yacht Britannia in a dry dock at Forth Ports on Friday in Edinburgh, Scotland. The yacht has been power washed to remove barnacles and is currently getting three coats of paint that will protect it for years to come. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

DEVOTION: Hindu pilgrims took a dip at the confluence of the Ganges River and the Bay of Bengal at Sagar Island, south of Kolkata, on Friday. Hindu monks and pilgrims are making an annual trip to Sagar Island for the one-day festival of Makar Sankranti. (Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters)

AWAITING EVICTION: Residents of the Pinheirinho slum in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, stood ready to defend their neighborhood from police they expected to arrive with a court order to evict them on Friday. (Marcelo Alves/Reuters)

POLIO FREE: Babloo, a 14-year old Indian boy affected by polio, waited to get his brace at the Delhi Council for Child Welfare Orthopedics center in New Delhi on Friday. India marked a year since its last case of polio Friday. (Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images)

READY TO RIDE: Indian soldiers trained on stunt motorcycles in preparation for an upcoming Republic Day parade in New Delhi Friday. Republic Day is Jan. 26. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)

MOURNING A STATESMAN: Firefighters unfurled a large American flag outside St. Peter the Apostle Church in Parsippany, N.J., before the funeral of Assemblyman Alex DeCroce on Friday. Mr. DeCroce, 75, the top Republican in the state Assembly, died Monday night. (Mel Evans/Associated Press)

HELP ON THE WAY: Victims of ethnic violence in Jonglei, South Sudan, waited for emergency food rations at the World Food Program distribution center in Pibor. The International Organization for Migration said Friday that a convoy of four trucks carrying supplies is en route to Pibor. (Michael Onyiego/Associated Press)

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