Tourist in the Slum

  • zakariahzol

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    Aug 23, 2009 2:23 AM GMT
    One of the thing I like to do while travelling is to go to the slum and ghetto area of the city. I mean , I do go to those touristic places but usually take sometimes walking or taking a taxi pasing through this places. Just to share, I have walk thru the decaying city of Detroit, the hooker back alley of Phnom Phen (Cambodia), the slum of New Delhi , and poorer section of Jakarta, Indonesia. Once when I was in the Phillippines I ask a taxi driver to take me, to Tondo , Manila just to look around. He advise me against it and told me how dangerous it is. I end up not going, but I do go to other slum in Manila .

    Lately I heard, that touring a slum start to be a kinda tour that some tourist like to do. Guide will take you for tour to Favela (Rio De Jeneiro), Saweto (South Africa ) and those slum of Mumbai India.

    What do you guys think. It is really a bad taste. I mean this folk cant even have enough food to eat and roof on their head, and you are there taking picture with your digital camera and newest design cellphone. But we do buy stuff there, eat in the restaurant, buy surveniour and in a little way do provide some asistance to the economy of this slum. Am I being rude because of my curiosity ?

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    Aug 23, 2009 2:30 AM GMT
    zakariahzol said
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    What do you guys think. It is really a bad taste. I mean this folk cant even have enough food to eat and roof on their head, and you are there taking picture with your digital camera and newest design cellphone. But we do buy stuff there, eat in the restaurant, buy surveniour and in a little way do provide some asistance to the economy of this slum. Am I being rude because of my curiosity ?


    I think you answered your own question.
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    Aug 23, 2009 2:39 AM GMT
    Well, you are making an effort to connect with the people by just going there. It may provoke you to want to help. It's probably better than turning away from it.

    Oh, and Detroit is all a pit, except for the block near the Renaissance center. I've told people Detroit is the entrance to hell. icon_twisted.gif
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    Aug 23, 2009 7:53 AM GMT

    So after you've seen all this despair has it interested you enough to reach out in some effort of asst? If not then what is the purpose? What kind of vacation is spent viewing those that are unfortunate and who do not have the privilege of viewing those who have? Then again I guess when we see this kinda of person in our neighborhood we'd call the police. BAD TASTE
  • zakariahzol

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    Aug 23, 2009 8:22 AM GMT
    Hillie,

    What can I do?. Set a business there to employed this people?Give all my money to them? Open a street kid shelter? I am only one person. As least I am not some snoobish , paranoid rich person who refuse to step foot to this places.
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    Aug 23, 2009 9:02 AM GMT


    What can any one person do? Don't get me wrong I'm not sitting in judgement or Damning you. This concept seems Odd to me. I don't get visiting a place that is, I'm sure depressing, while relaxing and unwinding from the daily struggles of wrk and life. There must be better ways to appreciate the things and people that surround you. Have any of these visits been a life changing experience? and if not how many must you visit, after awhile I must imagine that it's more of the same, The faces, names, ethnicity's might change but the circumstances differ very little. How relaxing could it be to afford a hotel, eat hot meals and travel on your dime however shiny and lk at those who have no shoes or shirt in need of food, salvation, pride, courage, commitment and love?