Paul Farmer and Wangari Maathai By Eva Muller

Have you ever seen the impoverished conditions of Haiti what about seeing first hand the deforestation of your home land. The photos of Haiti and Kenya illustrate the conditions that Farmer and Maathai worked in.

This is a Haitian slum, when Paul Farmer was working in Haiti he gave people who lived in these conditions. These people had never gone to the doctors office, Farmer gave them free health care for the people who couldn't afford this.

Haiti is a country stricken by poverty and many people live in slums, slum is "a densely populated usually urban area marked by crowding, dirty run-down housing, poverty, and social disorganization" according to Merriam-Websterdictionary.com. People that live in these slums had, mostly, never gone to a physician. Living so close together many deadly diseases spread.

This is a city in Kenya that was impacted by Wangari Maathai, she helped start a movement called the Green Belt Movement. With this she wanted to stop deforestation of the beautiful Kenyan landscape.

Maathai came home from college in America and saw all of the trees of her home torn down to see cash crops covering her land. Maathai led protest and was once put in jail, after that she found that she wasn't afraid to rebel against the government. She became an activist, as described by Merriam-Websterdictionary.com an activist is "a doctrine or practice that emphasizes direct vigorous action especially in support of or opposition to one side of a controversial issue".

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Created with images by Todd Huffman - "Slum" • Jorge Lascar - "Nairobi's skyline from Uhuru Park"

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