Chokora is the swahili name for the street children in Nairobi. Odhis, a young boy, tells us about living in the streets. ‘Some of us have fled the poverty at home, others are born here and have no family. We beg for food or scavenge around, collecting scraps for a few Ksh. It is cold, […]
For a child from the slums going to school is a big challenge. Parents search for better schools, but children from the slums have to walk extra miles, cross dangerous roads or have to hustle to get on the bus. Matatu touts do not want to take the risks of taking children alone. Razia from […]
When you own a TV in the slums of Nairobi, you are sure of a busy social life. With a lot of neighbors visiting you to watch the news or a movie. Or a small room, a TV, a big disk on the roof and a board showing the day’s line up is what it […]
Drinking, mostly because of idleness, unemployment or stress, is a dangerous activity. Deep in the slums of Nairobi we saw many drinking joints. Changa’a, the illicit brewing often mixed with chemicals to make the consumers drink more, has led to many blinds and deaths. The government imposed the Alcohol Drinks Control Act 2010, but even after the introduction […]
Boda boda motorcyclists complain lack of business from slum residents, who can no longer afford the rides. Also women go back to cooking on charcoal because of the high kerosene prices. The rise of fuel prices affects the backbone of Kenya’s economy, the transport industry. Your reporter is Musa Chahare.
Turning garbage into living is sometimes the only way to provide for your children. Lucy Njeri takes care of her five children and the one of her sister. Mama Caroll sells meat. ‘My clients come from far, they like the way I prepare meat and soup’. Your reporter for African Slum Journal is Musa Chahare.
Some slum residents like to keep up with fashion. But why do some women especially like European hairstyles and lighten up their skins? Your reporters for African Slum Journal are Beryl and Musa.