‘Does 24hr business reduce the issue of unemployment especially in the slums?’ Yes, it creates jobs for youths who then stay away of crimes. No, it attracts illegal business during the night and makes people irresponsible. In this 2nd Bunge Mtaani screening, organized by Nairobi Community Media House, Majengo residents debate the pro’s and con’s of […]
In the small alleys of the slums a lot of criminal activities take place. With huge unemployment and bad habits like alcoholism the slum is an insecure place to live. ‘At night they knock on your door and greet you with a machete on your face. You have no choice. Where is the government? Not […]
People from the slums have to go an extra mile to learn a profession and acquiring skills. Mark Wesa, a selfmade trained electrician from Majengo slums sees a lot of bad wiring. ‘If you don’t have the knowledge, stay away from it. It’s dangerous!’, he says. Mr James Njoroge is a carpenter who is an […]
More and more the slum residents use the internet on their cellphones to search for the latest news. Majengo slum residents Caleb Otieno and Jama Salim use facebook to look for newslinks. Also community radio is popular. Iqbal Moi, a community radio presenter: ‘We broadcast the voice of the voiceless in several slums like Mukuru, […]
Not many children in the slums read story books when they are young due to lack of means. But you can find more and more opportunities to grab a book when you are interested. There is a community library in Majengo slums, or you find them second hand on the market where you can exchange them […]
As the sun sinks the tin latrine comes to life in Majengo slums. With more than 15.000 people only one public toilet is open day and night. People are forced to use tins as latrines, stuffed under the bed. Or use plastic bags, known as ‘flying toilets’. It lowers your dignity, but you are forced […]
Playing is a important part of learning. Running outside, playing on the computer, creating things or making theatre. It all helps to develop childrens minds physically and mentally. Your reporters for African Slum Journal are Milan Kamau from Mukuru, Benjamin Sidori from Majengo and Issa Mbatia from LungaLunga slums.