urban survivors

With the world population reaching seven billion, soon the question comes as to what effect that has on our global living conditions. Rapid urbanization in the last fifteen years has been accompanied by an increase in slum settlements and more than thirty percent of the world’s urban residents now live in poor-quality, overcrowded houses and settlements. There, they face a degraded environment, diseases and daily violence.


With the group project “Urban Survivors, into the Slums”, executed in collaboration with Médecins Sans Frontières in Bangladesh, Guatemala, Haiti, Kenya, Pakistan and South Africa, six NOOR photographers, Alixandra Fazzina, Pep Bonet, Stanley Greene, Jon Lowenstein, Francesco Zizola and Andrea Bruce, give a view into the living conditions in urban settlements, showing what is at stake globally for the world’s urban population. Kadir van Lohuizen recently returned from Honduras, his chapter will be added shortly to the overall project.


MSF launched an awareness campaign in association with NOOR on this ever-growing global concern. The project resulted in the Urban Survivors web documentary made by Darjeeling Productions featuring photo-films – the website was nominated for the 2012 Webby Awards – and a traveling photo exhibition, visit the exhibition schedule page for the latest shows.

This project was realized with a generous grant from Nikon Europe, long time supporter of NOOR’s mission.

  • Urban Survivors, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  • Kibera, Kenya. 6 July 2011A woman covers her head with a shawl.
  • Zimbabwean immigrants in South Africa

sexual violence, port-au-prince

Jon Lowenstein

Sexual violence in Haiti is a true problem. Women are consistently made victims of…

sexual violence in guatemala

Andrea Bruce

Guatemala ranks among the highest rates of violence and insecurity in the world through…

honduras: where violence took over

Kadir van Lohuizen

Honduras is nowadays ranking number one in the world as the country where most…

into the shadows, johannesburg

Pep Bonet

Each day, thousands of Zimbabweans attempt to flee Zimbabwe across the border to South…

kibera: the permanent squatters, nairobi

Francesco Zizola

The area known today as Kibera was once a wooded hillside outside the city…

daily life in kamrangirchar slum, dhaka

Stanley Greene

An estimated 400,000 people live in the Kamrangirchar Peninsula. Previously a dumping ground for…

super highway one, karachi

Alixandra Fazzina

Nine months on from the floods that devastated much of Pakistan in July 2010,…