Daily Life In Kibera Slum, Nairobi

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28 Feb 2013 11:00

Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, 28 February 2013.

Kibera is a slum in Nairobi, the biggest in Africa. According to the datas of the Kenya Population and Housing Census (2009) Kibera is composed by twelve villages with a total population of about 170,000 people. Other statistics talk about 800,000 people living in the slum (2006 - Mike Davis, a well known expert on urban slums); International Housing Coalition (2007 - IHC) talked about more than half a million people and UN-Habitat had released many estimations, ranging between 350,000 and 1 million people (2013).

The name "Kibera" is derived from the Nubian and means "forest", the area in fact was a woodland.
It was established in 1912, when the British colonial government founded a settlement for 600 soldiers of the Nubian King's African Rifles regiment and their families.

In 1948, the worsening of hygiene conditions in Kibera led to the formulation of the first formal requests to dismantle the slums. This project was never brought to fruition, and the population of Kibera continued to grow, up to a real population explosion since the seventies.
Now it is an extreme poor settlement and the residents live in critical hygienic conditions: basic services don't exist, such as running water and electricity.
Water is collected from the Nairobi dam but it is not clean, and as a result it causes typhoid and cholera.
Toilet facilities don't exist too, as well as medical services: in Kibera there are no hospitals and only charity organizations help from this side.
In addition, glue sniffing and cheap drugs are an increasing problem that is affecting the population of the slum.

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KENYA DAILY LIFE (1 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

A soft drink is advertised in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya.
Statistics talk about a range between 350,000 and 1 million people living in the slum: it is the biggest one in Africa and one of the biggest in the world.
Picture/Karel Prinsloo

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KENYA DAILY LIFE (2 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

Posters of the Kenyan Prime Minister and Presidential candidate Raila Odinga on a shack in the Kibera slum, just before the latest elections.
Picture/Karel Prinsloo

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KENYA DAILY LIFE (3 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

Shoes for sale in the Kibera slum, Nairobi.
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KENYA DAILY LIFE (4 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

The Uganda Railway Line passes through Kibera, which has a railway station, even if almost all the residents of the slum use buses.
Picture/Karel Prinsloo

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KENYA DAILY LIFE (5 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

A train of Uganda Railway Line passes through Kibera.
Picture/Karel Prinsloo

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KENYA DAILY LIFE (6 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

A child plays with some stray dogs in Kibera.
Picture/Karel Prinsloo

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KENYA DAILY LIFE (7 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

Children play with some stray dogs in Kibera.
The problems faced by Kibera’s children include lack of proper education and hunger (many children are under nourished); in addition children are under stimulated and have little choice but to follow the same lifestyle as their families.
Picture/Karel Prinsloo

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KENYA DAILY LIFE (8 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

A woman and her child line up for water in Kibera.
Water is scarce, running water doesn't really exist and it is collected from the Nairobi dam. It is contaminated, and as a result it causes typhoid and cholera.
Picture/Karel Prinsloo

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KENYA DAILY LIFE (9 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

A family prepares dinner in the Kibera slum.
Picture/Karel Prinsloo

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KENYA DAILY LIFE (10 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

A man poses doing the splits on a railway track in Kibera.
Picture/Karel Prinsloo

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KENYA DAILY LIFE (11 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

Image of daily life in Kibera. A man carries empty crates while walking.
Picture/Karel Prinsloo

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KENYA DAILY LIFE (12 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

Garbage piles up between shacks in the Kibera slum.
Refuses and faeces are everywhere, the ground is mainly composed by them.
Picture/Karel Prinsloo

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KENYA DAILY LIFE (13 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

A stray dog scavenges in the garbage in the slum.
Picture/Karel Prinsloo

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KENYA DAILY LIFE (14 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

Children, while playing, try to move a wheelbarrow across the railway tracks in the Kibera.
Picture/Karel Prinsloo

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KENYA DAILY LIFE (15 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

Men sell shoes just next to the railway line in the Kibera.
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KENYA DAILY LIFE (17 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

A woman uses an axe to cut firewood.
Picture/Karel Prinsloo

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KENYA DAILY LIFE (18 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

Fish for sale in Kibera slum, Nairobi.
Picture/Karel Prinsloo

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KENYA DAILY LIFE (19 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

A woman goes to collect water.
Water is scarce, running water doesn't really exist and it is collected from the Nairobi dam. It is contaminated, and as a result it causes typhoid and cholera.
Picture/Karel Prinsloo

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KENYA DAILY LIFE (20 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

A train of Uganda Railway Line passes through Kibera.
Picture/Karel Prinsloo

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KENYA DAILY LIFE (21 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

Posters of the presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, just some days before the latest elections.
Picture/Karel Prinsloo

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KENYA DAILY LIFE (22 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

People queue for water at one of the few taps in Kibera slum.
Picture/Karel Prinsloo

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KENYA DAILY LIFE (23 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

A family prepares dinner in the Kibera slum.
Picture/Karel Prinsloo

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KENYA DAILY LIFE (24 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

A man poses doing the splits on a railway track in Kibera.
Picture/Karel Prinsloo

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KENYA DAILY LIFE (25 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

A man poses doing the splits on a railway track in Kibera.
Picture/Karel Prinsloo

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KENYA DAILY LIFE (26 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

People go on with their daily lives in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya.
Picture/Karel Prinsloo

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KENYA DAILY LIFE (27 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

Shack just next the railway line in Kibera.
Picture/Karel Prinsloo