Monday, June 11, 2012

More reasons to change the world

Kibera is a neighborhood in the city of Nairobi, Kenya. It is the second largest slum in Africa & the third largest slum in the world. Residents are extremely impoverished, the area heavily polluted by garbage & contaminated by human & animal feces due to the open sewage system. Lack of sanitation combined with inadequate nutrition jeopardizes health, spreads diseases, & means 1 out of 5 children do not live to their 5th birthday. A government plan to move & rehouse the residents has been embroiled in controversy, frequently delayed, & at its present rate is estimated to take 1,178 years to complete. These children are on break at a school of 500 children where classrooms are falling apart & lacking basic needs such as electricity. But you wouldn’t know all that from the glorious smiles on these children’s faces--providing more compelling reasons to change the world.  (Photo by Ruben Salgado Escudero)

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