Divided Histories, Divided Opportunities

How economic mobility in Dar Es Salaam is a question of where you live

Masaki, one of Dar es Salaam's wealthiest suburbs, is a mix of precisely organised streets, neatly cut trees and swimming pools mcl

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“I want to be good in English so that when I become a professional football player and go play abroad, I can communicate better.”

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Take a look at this image. On one side are precisely organised streets, populated by nicely cut trees and homes with swimming pools. On the other side is a clutter of tin roof houses, chaotically structured and built so close to each other one can imagine that neighbours can hear one another breathe.

Masaki, the area on the right, is considered to be one of the wealthiest suburbs in Dar es Salaam. A few kilometres away, on the other side of the road is Msasani, a less affluent part of the city. They are, visually at least, a picture of inequality. The image raises a number of questions. We chose to focus on one: Does being born in Masaki afford you a better chance in life than growing up in Msasani?, for more story, photos and video click here.

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