Kenya: Kibera the Shadow City by Christian Als

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The Odongo family eating breakfast in their house in Kibera. Clockwise from left: Lavenda, Naomi, Meshak, Michelle, Augustin Odongo, Cynthia, Eunice and Clarissa. Homes in Kibera are made out of corrugated tin, mud, cardboard and plastic and consist of one room that serves as a kitchen, living room, and bedroom. Most homes are about 3 metres square and have an average of five people living in them. Over 25 percent of Nairobi's population live in Kibera, an area that covers less than one percent of the city. Although the population of the slum is over one million, it is recognised officially as a 'squat', or illegally occupied land, which allows the government to ignore the basic needs of the inhabitants.