Kibera, a slum area of Nairobi, currently has over
one million people living in an area slightly larger than one square mile.
The slum is made up of nine villages. The water problem is immense and there is no sewerage in Kibera . Existing
toilets are woefully inadequate, most are shallow pits close to the river for
easy discharge. They are sparsely located, each being shared by between 1200
people. This has led to the use
of ‘flying toilets’, where the residents use polythene bags to relieve
themselves and then dispose them anywhere.
Water and sanitation services in
Kibera slum are almost non-existent.
Open sewers and unrestrained waste disposal is evident everywhere. The
residents don’t have access to clean drinking water because the water for
drinking is siphoned through plastic
pipes that pass through sewage channels and the river is dirty because that’s where all the sewage
waste flows and when it rains that dirty water mixes with what the people
drink. During the rainy season, the slum is inhabitable. The pathways are
completely flooded and the streams that cut across the shanties overflow. The
open sewers make it worse because the sewage waste flows uncontrollably.
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