Story Publication logo August 19, 2020

The Hydro Quagmire


Land acquisitions along River Rwizi have reduced its width and length. Image by Fredrick Mugira. Uganda, 2019.

As the world tries to contain COVID-19 pandemic, how are already-vulnerable and water-scarce...

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Kibera slum in nairobi, Kenya. Image by Henry Owino. Kenya, undated.
Kibera slum in nairobi, Kenya. Image by Henry Owino. Kenya, undated.

Kenya is grappling with rising COVID-19 cases, the majority in the capital city of Nairobi. Mathare slum, with a population of about 500,000 people, has been particularly hit hard. As Nairobi deals with a water shortage amidst the pandemic, and water cartels illegally cut into pipes, how are slum dwellers accessing water that is so critical to fight the spread of infection?

This story was originally published by Samuel Munia and Cynthia Gichiri on Africa Uncensored. It was produced in partnership with InfoNile and Code for Africa and supported by the Pulitzer Center and National Geographic Society.

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