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Children of Thula Mntwana 

Growing up in cities (PAL) 

Like people in 13% of all homes in South Africa, thirteen-year-old Sukiswa lives in a shanty settlement near a big city. She explains how her family became squatters in Thula Mntwana near Johannesburg through force of circumstance.

Despite the daily struggle for survival and an exposure to fear and violence, Zukiswa and other children make an effort to retain a dignity and beauty in their lives, and live like any other children in the world.

She tells of how she and other children in the squatter camp learned, through the UNESO-MOST "Growing Up In Cities" project, to identify problems in their living environment and of their invitation by the mayor to present their insights and problems to public officials.

This film was selected for the Earth Summit Film Festival held during the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in the year 2002.

This video is a companion to the two books stemming from the same project, available at UNESCO Publishing: Growing Up in an Urbanizing World and Creating Better Cities with Children and Youth.

Author Shaun Cameron
Website http://upo.unesco.org/bookdetails.asp?id=3972
Format of video PAL

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