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Meet the Humans of Kibera, Africa's Largest Slum

Aerial view of Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo

Aerial view of Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo released under Creative Commons by the owner Schreibkraft.

Inspired by the well known Humans of New York photography blog, Humans of Kibera is a project by Kibera News Network (KNN), a group of young citizen video news journalists from Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya. The project documents the lives of the residents of Kibera—the largest urban slum in Africa—on a Tumblr blog.

Here's a selection of images and stories from Humans of Kibera:

In 2012, during the GlobalVoices Summit in Nairobi, Rising Voices partnered with Map Kibera Trust and Kibera News Network to bring together members of the Global Voices community and groups in Kibera to share experiences and to participate in a joint citizen journalism activity.

Members of the Global Voices community and Map Mathare

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