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March 13, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Kibera: a slum in Kenya that is more complex than expected

Conclusion on slums is preachy

A Masai man cleans his shoe off in a puddle in Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya and one of the largest in the world. (ALEX STONEHILL/THE SEATTLE GLOBALIST)

A Masai man cleans his shoe off in a puddle in Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya and one of the largest in the world. (ALEX STONEHILL/THE SEATTLE GLOBALIST)

While “Life in a Kenya slum,” [page one, March 11] provides some insight into the life of one family in Kibera, it is certainly not news that in some slums around the world commerce takes place and ordinary people somehow manage to hold together families and a semblance of a life so many take for granted.

The same phenomenon exists in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Lagos and other large metropolises around the globe.

Higgins’ final paragraph, “It’s time we stop distancing ourselves with simple stereotypes …” is smarmy, overly preachy and not really supported by the contents of the piece. She should refrain from finger-wagging and lecturing.

–James B. Paden, Blaine

Comments | Topics: Kenya, Kibera, slums

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