Kenya: Escaping death in Africa’s largest urban slum
“When I came to Kibera for the first time I felt humbled by what I saw. It was hard for me to imagine that it was possible to live in such conditions: in Kibera, an estimated 250,000 people live on a five-square-kilometre patch of land. They live in very small houses made of mud or iron sheeting.
MSF Clinical officer, Kelly Khabala, recounts his work treating people in Kibera, Africa’s largest urban slum in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.
Dust and smoke, stench, sewage, waste, and water shortages are common and leave their mark on people’s everyday lives. There are not enough latrines, and if you want to use a toilet, you have to pay five shillings. Some families cannot afford this, and as a result use plastic bags, which in turn are thrown along the narrow paths of the slum.