Korogocho, Nairobis third largest slum, is now on-line at www.korogocho.org. Launched by the local Catholic community, the website in English and Italian contains articles, letters, photographs, details of local projects and news reports about life in the informal settlement in the northeast of the capital and about slum life more generally. [The site] is a means to make this dreadful reality known outside the slum, throughout the planet, Father Daniele Moschetti, a Comboni missionary who works in Korogocho which means heap of scrap in Kikuyu and who is behind the project, told the Catholic Information Service for Africa. But you will also be surprised by a reality full of energy and life.
According to the Nairobi-based United Nations human settlements programme Habitat, 70 per cent of the urban population in Africa lives in shanty towns. In the Kenyan capital an estimated 2.5 million people out of a total population of four million live in over 200 informal settlements covering less than five per cent of the urban area, according to www.korogocho.org. The largest slum in Nairobi is Kibera, where around one million people lived in makeshift homes with no infrastructure or amenities and where unemployment and disease, including HIV/AIDS, are rife.