Facts about Kibera

  • People make lives hereTypical side street in KiberaBusiness in Kibera
  • Half of the slum’s inhabitants are under the age of 15 and there are an estimated 100,000 orphaned children in the slum. Over 25 per cent of Nairobi’s population live in Kibera, an area that covers less than one per cent of the city. Although the population of the slum is over one million, it is recognised officially as a ‘squat’, or illegally occupied land, which allows the government to ignore the basic needs of the inhabitants.
  • One of the most densely populated places on earth. Averages of 1,500 people live in an area the size of a football pitch, or the rough area of this picture.
  • The ground in much of Kibera is made up of of refuse and rubbish. Houses are often constructed on top of this unstable ground and therefore many structures collapse whenever the slum experiences flooding, which it does regularly.
  • Kibera can be a dangerous place at night. Women and girls risk rape if they step outside their mud-brick homes after dark.
  • 80 per cent of youths in Kibera are unemployed, so many of their days are spent in cinemas.
  • The overcrowded passenger train runs once in the morning and once in the evening, carrying Kiberans to and from work in downtown Nairobi.
  • Men in Kibera drinking a local brew called busaa in the Railway Busaa Club.
  • Diarrhoea, typhoid and dysentery are rampant in the slum, with child death rates running at almost four times the average for Nairobi.
  • As night falls on Kibera, the air is filled with the sounds of thumping disco music as streams of men cram into makeshift bars for cheap, home-brewed beer and a chance to flirt with prostitutes.
  • The average person living in Kibera does not have running water or electricity.
  • The inhabitants of Kibera pay more per litre of water than people living in the most expensive cities in the world.
  • According to a 2006 study, 37 per cent of Kibera’s children of school-going age were not in the educational system.
  • Weeks of investigations have uncovered shocking scenes of people paying to watch live sex in Makina, Gatwekera and Laini Saba areas in Kibera. Several video dens have turned to ‘broadcasting’ live shows where residents pay as little as Sh150 to watch men and young girls have sex for at least 15 minutes per session. Gatwekera slum in Kibera is a jumble of rusted metal roofs that stretches to the horizon. At night, paths in the slum belong to police, muggers, and lately, enthusiastic men who throng video dens to watch live sex.

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