HOW THE OTHER 60% LIVES

#1
Atleast 60% of urban dwellers live in slums.Ever wondered what that's like? These celebs from the UK lived for a few days in the Kibera slums,the largest slum in Africa ,this was their experience. This is Part 2,cant find part 1,though Ive watched it, its troubling to say the least. Yet there's nothing in Vision 2030 about this problem,yet you wonder why the country is becoming less secure and stable especially in election years.

 

chuka

Village Elder
#2
Atleast 60% of urban dwellers live in slums.Ever wondered what that's like? These celebs from the UK lived for a few days in the Kibera slums,the largest slum in Africa ,this was their experience. This is Part 2,cant find part 1,though Ive watched it, its troubling to say the least. Yet there's nothing in Vision 2030 about this problem,yet you wonder why the country is becoming less secure and stable especially in election years.

Western propaganda
 
#8
Kibera Facts & Information
There are approximatly 2.5 million slum dwellers in about 200 settlements in Nairobi representing 60% of the Nairobi population and occupying just 6% of the land. Kibera houses about 250,000 of these people. Kibera is the biggest slum in Africa and one of the biggest in the world.

Land Ownership
The Government owns all the land. 10% of people are shack owners and many of these people own many other shacks and let them out to tenants. The remaining 90% of residents are tenants with no rights.

Housing
The average size of shack in this area is 12ft x 12ft built with mud walls, a corrugated tin roof with a dirt or concrete floor. The cost is about KES 700 per Month (£6). These shacks often house up to 8 or more with many sleeping on the floor.

The population
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. The majority of the tenants are Luo, Luhya and some Kamba – these people are from the west of Kenya. There are many tensions in Kibera, particularly tribal tensions between the Luo & Kikuyu, but also between landlord and tenant and those with and without jobs.

Electricity
Only about 20% of Kibera has electricity. UN-Habitat is in the process of providing it to some parts of Kibera – this will include street lighting, security lighting and connection to shacks (this costs KES 900 per shack, which in most cases is not affordable).

Water
Until recently Kibera had no water and it had to be collected from the Nairobi dam. The dam water is not clean and causes typhoid and cholera. Now there are two mains water pipes into Kibera, one from the municipal council and one from the World Bank. Residents collect water at KES 3 per 20 litres.

Sewage
In most of Kibera there are no toilet facilities. One latrine (hole in the ground) is shared by up to 50 shacks. Once full, young boys are employed to empty the latrine and they take the contents to the river. UN-Habitat and a few other agencies are trying to help and improve this situation but it is painfully slow.

Medical facilities and HIV/AIDS Clinics
In Kibera there are no government clinics or hospitals. The providers are the charitable organisations: AMREF, MSF, churches plus some others. They do a great job. All people are encouraged to have a free HIV test and if positive to take free generic ARV medicine.

Changaa
This is cheap alcoholic brew. It is widely available, very strong (over 50% alcohol) and made incorrectly, so is usually very high in Methanol. The cost is only KES 10 per glass and after a couple of glasses people become very drunk. With over 50% unemployment in Kibera many start drinking early in the morning leading to problems of violence, crime, rapes etc. Several charities are trying to help by showing the Changaa makers how to make the drink less dangerous.

Drugs
Cheap drugs and glue sniffing are an increasing problem. Initially taken to alleviate boredom but then people find themselves hooked. A big challenge to the charities!

****
Due to many men still not using condoms and the availability of Changaa, many girls become pregnant, at any one time about 50% of 16 to 25 yr old girls are pregnant. Most of these pregnancies are unwanted, resulting in many cases of ****. This can be very dangerous, particularly in such a poor area as Kibera. Many charities are working on this problem.

Unemployment
Kibera is near the industrial area of Nairobi where up to 50% of the available workforce are employed (usually in fairly unskilled jobs). However, there is still an unemployment rate of 50%. This is why the training and teaching of skills is very important.

Sport
Most young people in Kibera have nothing to do, obviously it is better for them to have the opportunity to take part in sport and several organisations are working on this.

Nairobi Slum Survey
The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) produced a report which provides many different statistics relating to the slums of Nairobi, including facts about Kibera. You can download the 212 page here:
* ‘Report of the Nairobi Cross-sectional Slums Survey

SUMMARY FINDINGS
Kibera needs land/tenancy rights, housing, water, electricity, health clinics, education, employment, security plus much more. All these issues are being addressed to a lesser or greater extent by many organizations including the Churches, UN-Habitat, MSF and AMREF etc. Money is finding its way through from many international organizations including Gates Foundation, Bill Clinton Foundation, all the well known charities and of course the churches both in Africa and internationally. However, money cannot help without people to direct it – all the organizations require assistance. They all need intelligent, keen, willing, and compassionate people to help.

In the western world it has become common for many students to take a Gap Year out before or after university. More mature people are also now taking a year out, away from their everyday life. Many could work in Kibera where they would achieve a real sense of doing some good. Kibera is crying out for people to help.
 
#9
even in the "developed world" there are ghettos and very many homeless people. this is a unsolvable problem world wide
Well in the rest of the world its not 60% of the population living in conditions worse than animals, this is as a result of corruption and poor governance,I have no doubt that govt can make conditions atleast to be liveable.
 
#11
The orphaned family who lived with the older black guy had a pit latrine that was full converted into a house, thats what they could afford , they have to eat and sleep there. Its heartwrenching, not even animals live like this. We need social security systems in Kenya esp for orphans and the elderly

Watch from 25:35
 

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Kijana Fupi Nono Round
#14
Well in the rest of the world its not 60% of the population living in conditions worse than animals, this is as a result of corruption and poor governance,I have no doubt that govt can make conditions atleast to be liveable.
i dont agree with those figures, you want to mean that more than half of nairobi's population lives in kibera ??
 
#15
To get rid of Kibera. Raila can't be around I lived there and the power Raila has on these people is just frightening. Our neighbor when we lived in Kibera was called Opondo a nice gentle old man who loved all and he was beaten close to death by Raila's goons because he protected us Kikuyu from robbers. Raila with his NDParty lost elections and told he his people to beat Kikuyus out of Kibera this was in 1997 to early 98. His people did crazy things to get us out..... Kibaki was going to transform Kibera and Raila ensured he blocked that project he even went and called NGO's to threaten Kibaki that they'll cut funding aid because he was violating human rights.

Skip to nusu mkate Raila went and built houses for the slum dwellers but he failed to guarantee them electricity and water connections those people moved back into the slums and sold the apartments away. Now guess who collects rents on those houses which were built on government funds RAT himself....
 
#17
This is why this guy ,Vybz Kartel is practically a god in these low income neighbourhoods, tofauti ya hawa watu na refugee ni gani? Infact refugees maybe better off coz UN inawasaidia, subsidization and housing and medication. Its really poor people land . 60%? Refugee in their own country


 

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