Fire tragedy in Sinai

Fire tragedy in Sinai

On September 12th, 2011 a fuel pipeline exploded right here in Sinai. Many people died or lost their homes in the inferno, caused by siphoning fuel. Who is to blame? Authorities help with calamities, but forget about slum people when everything cools down. Your reporter for African Slum Journal is Eriss Khajira.

Light at all costs

The price of kerosine which is vastly used by low income earners is drastically increased, so cooking and lights are even more expensive for poor people in the slums of Nairobi. Kerosine lamps, called katadoba, are very popular in the slums, most of the time the only way to a have light at night. Although […]

Alternative energy

To avoid high energy bills people in the slums of Nairobi are looking for alternatives. Youth group Koch Hope in Korogocho slums comes with an alternative, the water bulb (a plastic bottle with water and bleach). In daytime when the sun shines but the homes are dark inside you can use this cheap solution. In […]

High fuel prices

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.