Sunday, September 04, 2005
Ashamed of the squatters? No: ashamed of ourselves.
It's strange: Most often the local papers in Nairobi write about the city's massive squatter areas as if they're in a foreign country. This recent article from the East African Standard takes a different approach. Key quote: "When are we Kenyans going to realise that this colossal blot on the skyline, home to anywhere between 750,000 to one million souls, is our problem and our shame, along with the other slum settlements in the capital, and not just the sleeping place for our night-watchman or factory workers or the young fellow who washes our car, and whose names we probably don’t know?"