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Kibera Slums

  • Kibera Slums

    The 'chocolate' tin roofs of the slum

  • Kibera Slums

    Narrow alleyways

  • Kibera Slums

    Bustling economies

Overview

Kibera is the largest slum in Africa, accommodating around 1 million slum dwellers in about 200 settlements.

It is part of Nairobi but is not bound by the same rules as the rest of the city, and is a place where social and artistic enterprises can evolve outside the confines of a more formal settlement.

Unnamed Road, Nairobi, Kenya

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Description

Kibera is a massive, sweeping valley of rusting corrugated iron, though from above it looks peaceful, quiet and uninhabited. It is a thriving economic hub where every square foot of street front property is occupied by a commercial activity - shops, restaurants, hairdressers barbers, butchers, grocery store etc.

Kibera originated in 1918, as a settlement in the forests outside Nairobi, where Nubian soldiers were awarded plots there, in return for their service in the War. Over time, other tribes moved into the area to rent land from the Nubian landlords.

At present, the residents of Kibera represent all the major Kenyan ethnic backgrounds.