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Top 10 Worst Slums Throughout History

Since the development of complex society there have always been poor people, but slums are a relatively new phenomenon. The product of a complex mixture of population growth, urbanization, globalization, and rampant profiteering, slums essentially exist only where there is a population too large for the area, but to poor to move or be accommodated within the existing residential structure. People might use the term “slum” to refer to any depressed neighborhood, but real, UN–Habitat-defined slums are large, nightmarish (though often strangely beautiful) testaments to the human will to survive under the most crushing of circumstances. Here's a look at 10 of history's worst slums (in no particular order, because, seriously, you don’t want to live in any of these places).

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