The Slum Which Cannot Be Found In Map

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The taste of Kibera

Morning at 7 o'clock, Kibera's people have hurried to get up early and eat the Ugali (a cheap corn steamed food made in East Africa). Because of the poverty, many people eat only two meals a day, breakfast is the guarantee of a day's work.


In Kibera, only 30% of people are lucky enough who have jobs and can earn 1 to 1.5 U.S. dollars per day. Most people walk a couple of hours to work every day, just want to save 10 shillings of the fares.

Facing the flow of people, going out to Kibera, you can smell the garbage odor and pungent taste of charcoal grilled. Locals told me that this is the taste of Kibera.


Soon, I think you will began to like the taste of charcoal grill, because it can cover the bad smell of pungent odor.


There is 5-meter-wide dirt road winding forward, mud and old plastic bags, rotten vegetables, lay out the rows of rusty metal. By the roadside, you can see the children with visible ribs, Indian dogs, sheep, chickens in the garbage


The children with rags standing at the street and shouted in unison against the visitors "How are you", see the Chinese people, occasionally the kids excitedly shouted "Jackie Chan", and even then may ran to you and give you his dirty hand. Jackie Chan may be is the only Chinese they knew.


The little children and the elderly will sat by the roadside, looking at the rare strangers quietly. In Kibera only few young men stayed at home, most of them had to go out for work, or died of AIDS - it is estimated that HIV infection rates in Kibera up to 20%.


Shops on both sides of main road wearing colored curtain, these curtains are used to anti-mosquito. However the curtain is covered with grease and dust.

Second-hand shoes with mottled colors, deep-fried bread, the dirty vegetables, or even just to win 9 of life, illegal brew chang'aa private spirits, can also be found here.


Kibera hasn't got home tap water, every day the most important work for women and children is to carry oil drums to buy water.


There is a long lines in the water station, usually water costs two shillings per barrel, then rose to 20 shillings when the dry season. In Kibera, the water is the only necessities.


The house which is made of dirt, sticks and metal, each is about 15 square meters, the monthly rent is 500 to 1,000 shillings, close to the road is a little expensive.


That is the life of those poor people. Maybe you think that is unbelievable. I have to say that is true fact of Kibera. So we should sent our love to those people and hope them can live a better life.
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This article was published on 2011/01/13