This is an extract from "Speak Africa" a 52' documentary that I shot in 2002 in Kenya and Tanzania. It was a kind of open video box to bring some voices to the world leaders in occasion of the Johannesburg UN Earth Summit. The topics were deforestation, water, food security, aids, informal settlements. It's been a great experience for me and for the people working with me. We shot and edited the doc in progress, finishing the 52' just five days before the summit. In this extract we are in the informal settlements segment that I entirely shot in Kibera-Nairobi.
In Nairobi more than 2 million people, equal to 60% of the population, live one on top of the other in the 18 slums spread all over the capital’s territory. Kibera, Dagoretti, Mathare, Korogocho - these are the names of some of the slums and this is the true dimension of the big African cities today.
In Kibera, the second largest slum in Africa, a city made of poverty and crime, without running water, without electric power, without sewers and without streets, in this ocean of corrugated sheet, iron and mud, thousands and thousands of chokora - Nairobi’s street children - are roaming, scraping a meager living as beggars or scavengers in the city dumps.

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