It’s the most populated slum in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, also one of the biggest in Africa. Life conditions are very hard: overpopulation, no running water nor electricity in most of the shack, insalubrity, low school enrolment rate, criminality, short life expectancy.
To those problems come more specifics ones: ethnic rivalries, local and religious beliefs. The interaction between problem makes the place unstable and under constant tension (political, religious, ethnic). After the presidential elections in 2007, riots happened in Nairobi, mostly in slums’ area. The estimations are around one thousand dead in Kibera only, because of riot police, between rival gangs, by machete or gasoline.
Despite this precarious situation, each issue is trying to solve itself, by inhabitant implication, social worker, volunteer, teachers…