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Dec 1, 2015

The Daily Struggle Of Life In Nairobi’s Shantytowns

The Daily Struggle Of Life In Nairobi’s Shantytowns

Around 2 million people live in the shantytowns packed in around Kenya's capital. Crime is high amid chronic unemployment levels, while basic services and sanitation are scarce. Residents try to make the best of things, eking out a living and picking up work where they can.

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A police officer gestures to a man on a street in Korogocho during a night patrol in Nairobi, Kenya, October 30, 2015. Around 2 million people live in the shantytowns packed in around Kenya's capital. Crime is high amid chronic unemployment levels, while basic services and sanitation are scarce. Residents try to make the best of things, eking out a living and picking up work where they can. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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Sex workers Alice, 20 (L) and Claire 17, pose for a photograph as Alice's baby sleeps close by in their home in Kiamaiko, Nairobi, June 16, 2015. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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George Kiru, 36, walks past burning rubbish in Dandora, Nairobi, Kenya, June 14, 2015. “Personally I always said no to crime", says Kiru, who buys and sells second-hand goods and picks up occasional work as a minibus driver to feed his two daughters and send them to school. “It never ends well if you choose to become a criminal. Eventually, you will get killed." SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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A woman grills chicken and meat in a roadside restaurant in Kariobangi, Nairobi, Kenya, June 13, 2015. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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A man burns rubbish on the side of a road in Dandora, Nairobi, Kenya, June 14, 2015. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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A man stands on a hilltop overlooking Korogocho in Nairobi, Kenya, April 24, 2015. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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Men try to stop a public minibus in the early hours of the morning in Dandora, Nairobi, Kenya, June 14, 2015. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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A man, who is handcuffed to his friend, gestures towards a police officer after the two were detained during a raid on a house where people were alleged to be selling illegal homemade alcohol in Dandora in Nairobi, Kenya, October 31, 2015. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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A man shows scars from gunshots wounds he said he sustained when he was attacked by a local gang in Makadera in Nairobi, Kenya, April 27, 2015. The man said the gang accused him of being a police informer. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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A man smokes a cigarette laced with heroin as Stanley, 36 (C), and Saaid, 32 (R), help each other to inject the drug in Huruma in Nairobi, Kenya, July 6, 2015. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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A man does a somersault outside a local gym in the neighbourhood of Dandora, Nairobi, Kenya, June 16, 2015. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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A poster of a lost child is attached to an iron sheet wall in a police station near Korogocho in Nairobi, Kenya, October 30, 2015. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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A group of men talk by a car after leaving a local bar in Majengo in Nairobi, Kenya, April 24, 2015. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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Men socialise in a local bar in Majengo in Nairobi, Kenya, April 24, 2015. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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Two men pretend to fight outside a local bar in the Kariobangi neighbourhood in Nairobi, Kenya, June 14, 2015. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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An injured man, who according to witnesses was pushed from a moving vehicle, spits blood as he lies on the side of a road in Nairobi, Kenya, October 30, 2015. The man could hardly stand due to his injuries and appeared to be intoxicated. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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A police officer points an AK-47 assault rifle towards a man being questioned on a street from the inside of an unmarked vehicle during a night patrol in Nairobi, Kenya, October 30, 2015. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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A man consoles a friend, who said his son was killed in a shooting last year, in Dandora, Nairobi, Kenya, June 14, 2015. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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An injured man, who according to witnesses was pushed from a moving vehicle, spits blood as he lies on the side of a road in Nairobi, Kenya, October 30, 2015. The man could hardly stand due to his injuries and appeared to be intoxicated. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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A member of the Legio Maria and his children pray by a cross near the gate of their church during Sunday mass in Korogocho, Nairobi, Kenya, July 5, 2015. Legio Maria was founded in Kenya in the 1960s. Followers worship a black messiah, the church's founder, who they believe is a reincarnation of Jesus Christ. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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A girl prays in a church of the Legio Maria during Sunday mass in Korogocho, Nairobi, Kenya, July 5, 2015. Legio Maria was founded in Kenya in the 1960s. Followers worship a black messiah, the church's founder, who they believe is a reincarnation of Jesus Christ. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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A police officer intervenes to stop two men fighting on a street in Korogocho during a night patrol in Nairobi, Kenya, October 30, 2015. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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A boy prays in a church of the Legio Maria during Sunday mass in Korogocho, Nairobi, Kenya, July 5, 2015. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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Family members grieve as they wait to collect body of Jackson Mutisya Mula, 28, for burial at the Nairobi city mortuary, Kenya, October 24, 2015. Relatives said that Mula was shot in a street market by an undercover policeman. Many Kenyans complain about how police deal with the public, so crimes often go unreported and relations with officers are strained. Police officials insist the force investigates complaints and reports of corruption, while officers on the ground say they are exposed to violent crime on a regular basis. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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Family members and friends carry the coffin of Jackson Mutisya Mula, 28, from the Nairobi city mortuary at the beginning of his funeral procession, Kenya, October 24, 2015. Relatives said that Mula was shot in a street market by an undercover policeman. Many Kenyans complain about how police deal with the public, so crimes often go unreported and relations with officers are strained. Police officials insist the force investigates complaints and reports of corruption, while officers on the ground say they are exposed to violent crime on a regular basis. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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A young man, who says he is part of a local criminal gang, poses for a picture holding a gun in the neighbourhood of Korogcho in Nairobi SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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A man pleads with police officers to release a relative who they have just detained and placed in the boot of their vehicle in Dandora during a night patrol in Nairobi, Kenya, October 31, 2015. The man was chased and detained by officers after he tried to run away from the police when they asked him to approach the vehicle they were patrolling in. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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A group of men are crammed into the boot of an unmarked police vehicle after being detained for questioning in Korogocho during a night patrol in Nairobi, Kenya, October 30, 2015. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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Police officers detain a man in Korogocho during a night patrol in Nairobi, Kenya, October 30, 2015. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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Men distil a local home-brew alcoholic drink called Chang'aa in Mathare in Nairobi, Kenya, November 17, 2015. SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

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