If you haven’t already seen it. Then do see the BBC programme made for Comic relief Famous, Rich and in the Slums.
It shows four people going to live in Kibera slums in Nairobi. This is Africa’s biggest slum. See it here (UK only I’m afraid):
Next episode is this Thursday at 9pm.
ne of the things that some may not know is that Andrew and Lucy lived for some years in Kibera. They actually said that the places that Lenny Henry and friends were living in was a lot better than they had. Lenny and friends had a 12 x 12 room. Andrew and Lucy lived in a 10 x 10 and there were six of them living there and they had their first child born there.
They also mentioned the “flying toilets”. You have to pay to go to the toilet in Kibera and so many don’t pay. They do their business into a bag, wrap it up and whirl it as far as they can. Lucy said you don’t carry open food, especially at night, as you don’t know what might land on you!!
They would like to see many of the people re-settled back to the lands that they came from but they realise that the slum works for the rich in society who would then not have a plentiful supply of cheap labour.
It was, of course, much worse than anything we experienced in Kakamega.
Some videos of the weekend will go up later today.
Update: I have put all of the posts to do with our trip to Kakamega here: http://willcookson.wordpress.com/rush-trip-2011/
Update: Just blogged on the second episode