Stories: Slum

  • Deonar Dumping Grounds in Mumbai

    Ever been to Rafiq Nagar and Baba Nagar in Mumbai, India? If your answer is in the affirmative, then, you have Makoko, Oko Baba and Ijora Badiya, all slums on Lagos mainland on your mind. As it’s characteristic of those places, filth, stench, oddities of all sorts and, above all, a huge population of people that are suffering...

  • Volunteer Healthcare vs. Tuberculosis

    Jennifer Igwe reported from India with the International Reporting Project (IRP).

  • Of Garbage and Strength

    Deonar dumping grounds in Mumbai is where the city’s trash is gathered. It is also where a settlement of rag pickers has sprung up—a somewhat extreme case of people living close to where they work. Because they are classified as an illegal settlement i.e. the government does not recognise their right to live on...

  • Visiting Mumbai’s Slums

    I tried to observe as much as I could on the bus ride to a large slum in Mumbai. The streets along the way were crowded with rickshaws, motorcycles, and people. The rules of the road I’m so used to in America, seemed ignored or nonexistent here. As our air-conditioned bus slowed, I noticed cows and goats....

  • In Mozambique, a Glorious Inn Becomes a Slum

    Over the course of any given day, people move constantly through Mozambique's Grande Hotel, retracing the steps of guests who used to climb staircases curved like seashells, and ate meals with a view of the Indian Ocean. Once billed as the "Pride of Africa," the hotel still throbs with the activity of a place where thousands eat and sleep...

  • India Battles Malnutrition With Local Product

    Inside a small shack in Mumbai’s largest slum, Dr. Evelet Sequeira struggles to coax a 3-year-old girl onto a baby scale. Sequeira is with a local aid organization called SNEHA that wants to know how many children in the slum have slipped from a stage of moderate malnutrition to what’s known as severe acute malnutrition. &ldquo...

  • Staying Healthy in Africa’s Largest Slum

    The International Reporting Project (IRP) is traveling in Kenya with a group of 11 influential bloggers from around the world, examining reproductive health issues in that East African country. On the trip, they will see a cross-section of Kenyan life. The bloggers began with a visit to Kibera, one of the largest slums in the world, on their first full...

  • A Stroll Through Africa’s Largest and Poorest Slum

    I arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, around midnight of Sunday, June 17, 2012. A few hours later I was headed for Africa’s most talked-about slum in company of other bloggers from around the world. Kenya and Nigeria share a lot in common, politically and socially, and I was hoping to use the opportunity of the trip put together by the...

  • Kenya’s Kibera Slum

    The International Reporting Project took us to the Kibera slum today. Everyone here says it's the largest slum in the world (though Wikipedia says it's third), and we heard presentations from youth groups, Doctors Without Borders, and others. We also broke into small groups and interviewed families, about half of whom were HIV positive. We were free...

  • Crowded House: Living and Dreaming in Kibera

    Breakfast at Lord Delamere Terrace at Nairobi's historic Norfolk Hotel is delightfully charming. Named after the eccentric British colonialist Lord Delamere (1870-1931) who infamously jumped his horse over dining tables on a whim one summer, the gabled hotel -- since it was set up in 1904 -- has been a hub for settlers and adventurers out to explore east Africa. ...