The World: How the Bottom Billion Live

In the slums of the Third World, a daily battle against hunger, disease and the elements is waged, and it is much the same in Rio's favelas as in Calcutta's bustees. The hopes and aspirations of the poor are almost pitifully simple: a living wage, a decent dwelling and a school for their children. And yet for so many these basic amenities are out of reach. TIME Correspondent Wilton Wynn visited a cotton-growing region in the Nile delta some 80 miles southeast of Cairo, while Bernard Diederich talked to the inhabitants of a slum...

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