The Middle Classes of Africa

Jill Harness

When it comes to African culture, it seems all Westerners hear about is the poor, starving children, the rich warlords who control them and the corrupt politicians who do nothing about it. In actuality though, Africa does have a middle class, albeit smaller than those seen in more economically developed areas.

A recent photo essay takes a look at this overlooked class in a variety of countries, including Morocco and Kenya. The images are stunning and the captions, roughly translated from French, are enough to help you understand what is going on in the pictures.

[Image via Brookeesb's Flickr stream.]