Kenya slum dwellers see no hope in near future (3)

10:58, July 05, 2010      

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Papa said the decision was inconsiderate and is expected to be detrimental to the society in the long run. " People's lives in the slum have been wasted at these dens. They will not come out to do anything to improve their lives or those of other people in the area," says Papa.

Papa's companion, 21-year-old Ondieki believes that if he is given 10, 000 shillings ( About 125 U.S dollars) now, he will bid poverty goodbye and for good.

"That will be enough to buy a bale of used shoes and sell in a stall. That is all I ask of the government to help me reduce poverty," he said.

Small businesses are not either thriving. Fish-monger Rehama Ambani, 45, only makes 20 shillings profit a day. "What can you do with this kind of money?" she said. "Our biggest worry is feeding our children," she noted.

Even in this tough environment, many young people are finding a ray of hope in hawking second-hand goods. But not everyone wants money for a business. Some want opportunities.

The government can create jobs in the area through the so called "Kazi Kwa Vijana" initiative by engaging youths to collect garbage.

"The government can provide huge containers for the youth to collect garbage at a small fee so that the city council could pick the refuse at least once a week," says James Okemwa, a jobless youth at the slum.

Source: Xinhua
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