More on Kibera

• Until 2003 there were few official facts about Kibera, as the government failed to recognize it. 

• Official documents referring to Kibera call it "informal settlements," although the area has been occupied since 1912 and under government control since 1948.

• An estimated 800,000 to over 1 million people live in Kibera.
• There is only an estimated 12 square feet of housing per person

• At least 100,000 orphaned children live in Kibera, the majority due to their parents dying from AIDS.
• 60% of Nairobi's residents live in one of its many slums.   Half of those residents live in Kibera.
• There is no running water to most homes in Kibera.  To obtain water, residents pay two to ten times what is paid by a Nairobi resident outside the slums.
• To use a toilet some residents must pay money to use a rented bathroom.  Those without other means use a plastic bag which are routinely thrown into the streets at night.

Kibera is the second largest slum in Africa - one of the largest in the world.

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