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Kibera slums … a glimpse

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Road – one of the social services slowly being introduced into Kibera.

Typical alley-ways in Kibera …

The skyline …

‘Break the silence’ – an anti-rape campaign logo. Indicator that rape incidents are high in the Kibera slums.

Kibera, ‘forest’ in Nubian, is among the largest slums in sub-Sahara Africa. Over a million people live on a mere 6.30 square kilometres, just 7 kilometres South-West of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. Started as a temporary settlement for Nubian mercenaries who fought on the British side during World War I, later developed into a dwelling place as many migrants from rural Kenya flocked to Nairobi searching for a better life. City life, harsh as it may be, was not prepared to accomodate all migrants in decent homes, thus Kibera kept growing and expanding in terms of people habiting there. However, pressure on land is already reducing land occupied by Kibera to new establishments. Five to ten years to come, Kibera may be history. However, this will only be possible if there is proper planning and policies to guide the transformation.


Written by simbadeo

September 30, 2011 at 12:05 am

Posted in Siasa na jamii

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