A man stands on a hilltop overlooking Korogocho in Nairobi
By Siegfried Modola
NAIROBI (Reuters) – “I have lost a lot of people I knew to crime,” says George Kiru, nursing a drink at 2 in the morning in a bar on the edge of Nairobi’s Korogocho slum.
Music blares as he lists childhood friends who joined gangs, many of them now dead or in jail.
“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.”
Around 2 million people have made their homes in the shantytowns packed in around Kenya’s capital – Korogocho, its bigger, equally infamous near neighbors Mathare, Mukuru kwa Njenga, Kibera and others.