Kibera is Africa's next largest slum and it is located in Nairobi, Kenya. It houses one million people squeezed into less than a square mile. Most people living in Kibera have little or no access to basic necessities, such as electricity, clean water, toilet facility and sewage disposal. The combination of poor nutrition and lack of sanitation accounts for many illnesses and deaths.
Kibera is one of the most densely populated places on the planet. Life expectancy in Kibera is 30 years of age. One out of five children do not live to see their 5th birthdays. Violence is part of everydaylife. Men and women are denied police protection, medical care, education, economic or political power.
Kibera’s 1 million residents share 600 toilets. When toilets are occupied they have to squat over a plastic bag and fill it. The plastic bag is then thrown up in the air (flying toilets). With limited pick-up and waste clearence it creates an unbearable stench and breeding ground for typhus, malaria and diphteria. This is a journal about the everyday life in Kibera.
Photographer Robert McPherson works as a freelance photographer for Aftenposten national newspaper in Norway. He is represented internationally by Metaphor Images, an international documentary photographer`s collective. He was awarded 3rd place for the Picture Of The Year Award in Norway 2013.
Even though the pictures from Kibera slum were taken a few years ago...They are still important today. The people who live there still need help. The living conditions are still the same.
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Photographer Robert McPherson (b.1982) is based in Norway.
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