Life ON the poverty line: Shocking photos capture packed slums stacked next to lavish mansions and skyscrapers around the world
- In South Africa, concrete walls are all that stand between luxurious golf courses and crime-ridden slums
- Mexico plays host to lavish apartment blocks which are shielded from their neighbouring shanty towns
- MailOnline Travel presents a catalogue of images that demonstrate divides between the world’s rich and poor
On one side of the fence lies rows of pristine houses trimmed with manicured lawns.
On the other, ramshackle slums stacked almost on top of one another where life could hardly be more different.
These scenes, captured in developing regions around the world, starkly illustrate the divide which exists between rich and poor.
In South Africa’s Durban, a low-slung concrete wall is all that divides the lush Papwa Sewgolum Golf Course and the crime-ridden settlement of tin shacks next to it.
In Egypt, panels of corrugated iron shield the tourists hosted at Cario’s glitzy hotel complexes from the crumbling, dilapidated shacks on the other side.
All of these arresting images share one thing in common – societies which exist shoulder-to-shoulder, with inhabitants destined, it seems, to never intermingle.
In Mexico, ramshackle slums (left) sit shoulder-to-shoulder with the pristine homes of wealthier residents just over the fence (right) – seen in this photo, which has not been digitally modified b-error
Here in South Africa’s Durban, the Papwa Sewgolum Golf Course (left) is located just a matter of feet away from a sprawling settlement of tin shacks (right), divided by a low-slung concrete fence b-error
In the heaving Indian city of Mumbai, new apartments live adjacent to the typical makeshift homes of the poor working class
Sleek, modern buildings in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh city rise up in the distance behind the wooden slums which line the Saigon river bank
This photo, taken in Egypt, captures the crumbling brick buildings populated by Cairo’s poorest inhabitants (right) separated from a glitzy hotel complex (left) by panels of corrugated iron
The developers of this lavish block of apartments in Mexico have blocked off the view behind it – a mass of grey tumbledown flats
In this photo taken in October 2014, golfers play a carefree round at the Spanish enclave of Melilla as sub-Saharan migrants behind them attempt to break over the wall that divides it from Morocco
Paraisopolis (left), a slum consisting of some 60,000 residents, located right up against lavish pool-equipped apartments (right) in the Morumbi neighborhood of Sao Paulo, South America
In Bangkok, Thailand, waterside slums line the river as bleach-white high-rise buildings dominate the skyline behind them
In the foreground of this Brazilian region, the shabby shacks offer a stark contrast to the glass-fronted houses located further up the hill
Mumbai is one of the most divided cities in the world when it comes to the settlement of rich and poor in such close proximity
Here in its Dharavi slum, everyday life is a far cry from the luxury of the palaces and temples which reach into the distance
Dhobi Ghat, pictured, is a famous open air laundromat in Mumbai where clothes from the hotels, embassies and beauty parlours nearby are sent to be washed
Employees here work hard all through the day and night under extremely tough conditions amid this glittering backdrop
In China’s Shanghai, dilapidated houses are scattered on the outskirts of regions where modern infrastructure is shooting up at a rapid pace
Peru’s ten-foot high contraversial ‘Wall of Shame’ topped with razor wire which divides the rich and poor to stop the less well-off stealing from the wealthy
The line divides the urbanisation of Las Casuarinas, where some of the country’s richest inhabitants live, and the poor suburb of Vista Hermosa next door
Chongqing, located on the Yangtze river, has experienced rapid development in the recent years and is set to become the most economically important city in the west of China – but away from the skyscrapers, life remains a struggle
The Guryong shanty town pictured here is located a stone’s throw from South Korea’s wealthiest Gangnam district in Seoul
The illegal slum settlement was established in 1988 and is still home to thousands of impoverished and elderly South Koreans
A brand new glass-walled building situated right next to the sprawling slums of Bangalore in India, where a child is washing pots
On the left of the Gulshan Lake in Dhaka, Bangladesh, tall apartment blocks tower over the shacks on stilts seen on the right
The disparity is even more apparent in this aerial shot, which captures one of Dhaka’s many urban slums hugging the lake
Colourful illegal houses of the poor inhabitants of Luanda, Angola, front the high-rise buildings dominated by the wealthy
In the Philippines, the shiny skyscrapers of the Makati District of Metro Manila make a poignant contrast against the squalid shanty huts and open sewers of a poorer part of town