For the first time in history more than half the world's people live in cities. Build Hope in the City, a powerful outdoor photographic exhibition produced by overseas aid agency Concern Worldwide and Panos Pictures, documents the reality of urban life for some of the world's poorest communities. Panos photographer Abbie Trayler-Smith travelled to the Kenyan capital Nairobi, to Port-au-Prince in Haiti and to Dhaka in Bangladesh, gathering stories of peoples' lives and experiences. The exhibition is showing at St Martin in the Fields, London, from 6 September until 30 October; on Donegall Square in Belfast from 18 to 25 September; at The Diamond in Enniskillen from 26 September till 3 October and on Ebrington Square in Derry from 3 to 10 October. Rose Caldwell, Executive Director of Concern Worldwide UK said: "Although many people move to cities looking for opportunities and a better life they can find themselves in even worse conditions and in greater poverty than before. This exhibition highlights the challenges that come hand in hand with urbanisation and how Concern is helping families living on the streets and in slums to earn a living, feed and protect their children and to gain access to essential services like healthcare and education."
The exhibition is part of Concern's Build Hope in the City appeal which is raising funds to help families struggling to survive in overcrowded and unsafe cities to transform their lives.
To find out more about the project, please click here to connect to the Concern Worldwide website.