Slumming it: Poverty tours come to Kenya
« Slumming it: poverty tours come to Kenya » is an article from the Guardian issued on
September 26th, 2009. This article is about a new tourism inAfrica far from safaris or cultural
visits. Actually this new tourism consists in visit slums in Kenya by tourists coming from the
entire world. Visiting shanty towns became a way to distracttourists searching for a new way
to have some fun. The question that arises is how can this unusual kind of tourism can be
positive somehow . First, I’ll focus on the negative aspects of it , andthen I’ll develop the
positive sides of touring in slums.
I- Visiting slums has drawbacks …
• Poverty is a big issue in those slums, visiting it can be considered as an
attraction.They have to be concerned by what they see not only fake their interest in those
poor people who have hard conditions of life. It’s important for them to realize that this is
not a zooor any touristic attraction and that those people struggle to survive.
• This visits can be considered by these tourists as an innocent trip, maybe just
like a curiosity but for those poorpeople, it can be perceived as an attack, a lack of respect
or even more a way to make fun of them and their living conditions .
• Since the movie “Slumdog Millionaire”, a movie about slumsin India, came out
visiting shanty towns and being concerned about poor people became something fashionable.
II- But visiting slums has also positive sides
• But on another hand I thinkit is definitely the best way to figure out how difficult life
can be in these parts of third world suburban areas, better than any shocking documentary
or fundraising charity leaflet.• Being there, smelling the stench and feeling how desperate people are is going to leave
an unforgettable memory. it will probably convince many people to start helping actively...
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