Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya
Photo by Alexander Wu
the largest slum in East AfricaDecember 2013:
The tour operator described Kibera as a slum adjacent to the center of Nairobi and framed by a railroad line and the Ngong River. In roughly 1.5 square miles there are approximately one million people living there or one third of Nairobi’s population.
I was worried that a tour of this slum might be exploitive or voyeuristic. After experiencing the city with Freddy as our main guide and his friends, all of whom grew up in the city, it seemed to me that the residents were very friendly and curious. The most common phrase heard was the repeated shouts of “How are you?” from the children who lived in Kibera and who were excited to see “mazungas."