Jarkarta’s slums span miles

Jakarta’s growth as both the nation’s capital and primary centre of business has been accompanied by waves of new, mostly poor, arrivals. Rapid urbanisation has caused land and housing scarcity issues, and as these scarcities increase and housing prices rise, economic constraints force the poor to inhabit land that no one else wants. Reports estimate that 18 percent of Jakarta’s urban population lives in slums. Here is the video of mile-long slums I shot from the train.