Living on the pavement without electricity is tough. Fire is one of the most dangerous results of the lack of electricity. This fire on 3 January 2009 destroyed two shacks leaving two families homeless. We do not know how the fire started as both families were away for the New Years visiting relatives.
While fire makes life tough, art becomes a form of beautification and political expression. Many of Symphony Way’s hokkies (shacks) have various elements of written word and art – all of which relate to their community’s struggle against oppression.