South African residents of Masiphumelele assist firemen to extinguish a blaze that devastated parts of the informal shack settlement in Cape Town. Several shacks were destroyed in the fire which quickly spread in the overpopulated and dense shack settlement.
A ragpicker walks past a poster showing Beijing’s central business district next to the China Central Television (CCTV) building outside a construction site in Beijing
A Bangladeshi child stands in an alley as a boy climbs a ladder outside their home at a slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on Friday promotes awareness of the need to eradicate poverty in all countries
A ragpicker looks for recyclable items on a pile of garbage at a landfill in Depok on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia
A man bathes in the old quarters of Delhi, India
A woman sleeps in front of a painting decorating a subway station in Buenos Aires, Argentina
A child of a ragpicker drinks water from a plastic bag at a garbage dump in Gauhati, India. Some 800 million people in the country live in poverty, many of them migrating to big cities in search of a livelihood and often ending up on the streets
A homeless family live under statues in Manila. The Philippines’ economy cooled in the first quarter of the year as the impacts of Typhoon Haiyan and other natural disasters hit hard, official data showed.
A homeless man takes a nap by the roadside under a metro station in New Delhi, India. Delhi has a homeless population of more than 100,000 people sleeping on streets, pavements, rickshaws, two wheel handcarts, flyovers, under the bridges and in parks across the city
Young scavengers fight for a piece of plastic they have found while working between tons of rubbish in the Anlong Pi landfill in Siem Reap, Cambodia on the International Day against Child Labour. Dozens of children work every day on the site, which is situated a few kilometres away from the Angkor temples, visited by more than 3m tourists every year