We present this photo documentary captured by our photographer Mariusz Smiejek who was engaging with the local slums communities to better understand conditions in which they live.
Accra's deeply impoverished communities
Photo: Mariusz Smiejek/Between Pictures Project
In Accra, the capital of Ghana, thousands of young children live in deeply impoverished communities. Their lives consist of begging for money, selling merchandise and sadly also engaging in crimes. Most of them are child labourers who do not go to school, therefore 7 in 10 Ghanaian street children are illiterate. There are regions in this country, like Volta Lake, where child slavery is still practiced- young children are sold to fishermen, whom they call "masters". They are forced to work long hours in dangerous conditions, they cannot go to school...