Where is Kibera

Nairobi, Kenya

Kibera (which is derived from a Nubian word, kibra, meaning forest) – is a home to as many as a million residents as Kibera is the world’s second-largest informal settlement, after Soweto in Johannesburg, South Africa. Although it covers 2.5 sq km in area, it’s home to somewhere between a quarter and a third of Nairobi’s population, and has a density of an estimated 300,000 people per square kilometer. With the area heavily polluted by open sewers, and lacking even the most basic infrastructure, residents of Kibera suffer from disease, poor nutrition and other basic needs. Although it’s virtually impossible to collect accurate statistics on shanty towns, as the demographics change almost daily, the rough estimates for Kibera are shocking.

According to local aid workers, Kibera has one pit toilet for every 100 people; some of the residents suffer from HIV while eighty percent of people living here are unemployed.

Kibera is located southwest of central Nairobi. The railway line heading to Kisumu intersects Kibera, even though Kibera doesn’t actually have a station. The railway line does serve as the main thoroughfare through Kibera where you will find shops selling basic provisions along the tracks.