The Kibera slum outside of Nairobi, is one of the biggest slums in the world. It is about the same size as Central Park in NY (about 1.5 square miles) and there are 1 MILLION people living there. Over 50,000 are orphans. This is more than just a tragedy, these are people whose lives matter.Nick and I hope to get the chance to visit this slum while in Nairobi.
The average size home in Kibera is 10 ft x 10 ft and anywhere from 6 to 12 people live in each. That's about the size of the rug under your dining room table.
At any one time in Kibera 50% of the population of women aged 16-25 are pregnant. Are these the kind of conditions you would want to give birth and raise your child in? Many of these women choose (or are forced into) an extremely dangerous abortion.
These pictures are hard to look at. They make me uncomfortable. I hope they make you uncomfortable, too. Even though there is immense suffering here I feel that there is hope for these people and that there is a plan for each and every one of their lives.