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What is it like to live in Kibera?

What is it like to live in Kibera?

Most Kibera slum residents live in extreme poverty, earning less than US$1.00 per day. Unemployment rates are high. Persons living with HIV in the slum are many, as are AIDS cases. A great majority living in the slum lack access to basic services, including electricity, running water, and medical care.

What is the health like in Kibera?

Kibera, located in Nairobi, Kenya, is one of the most densely populated urban settlements worldwide. Because Kibera lacks basic government services, like sanitation and sewage, the slum’s 700,000 residents suffer from many infectious diseases. However, there is also a severe shortage of health services.

Who lives Kibera?

The original settlers were the Nubian people from the Kenyan/Sudanese border – they now occupy about 15% of Kibera, are mostly Muslim and are also mostly shack owners. The other shack owners are mostly Kikuyu (the majority tribe in Nairobi) – although in most cases they do not live there but are absentee landlords.

What is employment like in Kibera?

Around 50% of Kibera residents are employed. Work tends to be cheap unskilled labour such as clothes washing and manual labour. As a result of high unemployment, many young men sit with nothing to do all day, drugs and alcohol become an escape which often leads to trouble with the police.

What are the houses like in Kibera?

The residents live in small, overcrowded shacks that are about 12 x 12 feet. These houses are made of mud and sticks with corrugated tin roofs. There is no indoor plumbing in Kibera and residents must share a toilet (which is a simple hole in the ground) with up to 50 nearby shacks.

Which is the largest slum in Africa?

Kibera
Situated on the outskirts of Nairobi is the largest informal settlement (slum) in Africa: Kibera.

What percent of Kenya is slums?

56%
About 56% of Kenya’s urban population currently lives in slums.

What do you need to know about Kibera, Kenya?

Kibera needs land/tenancy rights, housing, water, electricity, health clinics, education, employment, security plus much more.

Where is Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya?

Kibera and surrounding area. Kibera – one of Africa’s largest slums. Located on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, Kibera is the home of a million residents. The water in the stream is black and full of garbage. The ground is littered with small black plastic bags filled with human waste.

What kind of food do they eat in Kibera?

Meat is expensive and offal are the most common cuts available in Kibera. Boiled cassava covered with a sack ready to be sold in the evening in the streets. Two children sit next to a table stall with dried fish that are being sold to passers-by.

Why is the water so dirty in Kibera?

This is because the water near me is very polluted and dirty due to all the toilets leading there. They are communal toilets as very few houses have private toilets, and almost 50 huts share one toilet.