Inside Africa

The 20 Worst Slums in Africa

3) Mathare (Kenya)

Mathare is not just one slum. It is a collection of slums in Nairobi. More than 500,000 people live in Mathare. Gang violence is very common in these slums. Some people living here are involved in brewing illegal alcoholic beverage chang’aa.



2) Kroo Bay (Sierra Leone)

Kroo Bay is a sprawling slum filled with debris in Freetown, Sierra Leone. It is one of the poorest areas in the center of Freetown, the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone. Over 95% of the houses don’t have a toilet. The river that runs through the Kroo Bay slum carries with it waste from houses up the hills in the city.

Kroo Bay

Photo Credit: Redd Barna/ Inge Lie

1) Kibera (Kenya)

Kibera is the largest slum on the outskirts of Nairobi. In fact it is the largest urban slum in Africa. Some reports suggest that the total population of this slum may be around 2.5 million. That is around 50 percent of Nairobi’s population. The slum is divided into several villages which include Gatwekera, Kianda, Kisumu Ndogo, Lindi, Laini Saba, Siranga, Makina, Mashimoni and Soweto East.

There is growing optimism over Africa’s economic future. By diversifying their economies faster African countries can grow and develop the standard of living of their people.

Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6


  1. 1
  2. 2

    May I correct you on Kibera slum. Nairobi had approximate population of 3.8 million. Kibera is just one of the slums and covers an area of less that an eighth of Nairobi. So, the claim that Kibera is the home to about 2.5 million people leaves only 1.3 million people living outside Kibera and this is very irrational.

  3. 3


    The most IRONIC thing is that Kibera was the Constituency of the Ex-Premier of Kenya Raila Odinga..
    He was representing them in the Parliament from 1992-2013..
    Yet he failed to improve their Living condition..

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>