History of Kibera

Kibera is a large informal settlement located in the city of Nairobi, Kenya. It is one of the largest slums in Africa and is home to an estimated 500,000 to 1 million people. The history of Kibera can be traced back to the early 20th century, when the area was settled by members of the Luo and Kamba tribes who had migrated to Nairobi in search of work. The British colonial government officially designated the area as a “Native Reserve” for Africans in the 1920s. However, the population of Kibera began to grow rapidly in the post-colonial period, as more people moved to the city in search of work and better living conditions. Despite the lack of basic services and infrastructure, Kibera has developed into a vibrant community with a strong sense of identity and community.