Abstract—The paper sheds light on the findings from a survey carried out by the Informal Settlement Development Facility. This attempted, for the first time to identify unplanned areas spatially in all the urban centres in Iran. Result of this study showed that, about 16 percent of the active populations in Ghale chenan are jobless or seeking a job, about 1933 of people are retired or physically disabled supported by different welfare organization. At present, one of the important problems in Ahwaz is, its water contamination, due to the flow of hospital, industrial, and domestic sewage in the Karron River which supply drinking water of residents. The very important point repeatedly occurring in the case of vulnerable, poor, and disadvantaged strata especially the youth of Ghale chenan is illiteracy and unemployment. They were doing stores robbery, blocked of the main road of Ahwaz to Mahshar on heavy vehicles like Lorries and trucks by extortion and armed rubbery. Several reports indicating of such armed robberies. In fact not only the education but also income levels of residents of this slum is very low. Women due to traditions and customs and sociocultural aspects of their own community are facing sever cultural and social limitation
Index Terms—Slum, Illitracy, Vulunerable, Health
Masoumeh Bagheri is with Department of Sociology, Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences, Shahid Chamran University, Ahvaz, Iran(e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Masoumeh Bagheri, "The Challenge of Slums: Socio-Economic Disparities," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 2, no. 5, pp. 410-414, 2012.