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    Fears of rape in Kenya's slums 'trap women'

    Fears of rape in Kenya's slums 'trap women'


    Fear of sexual violence is keeping poor Kenyan women away from communal toilets, and increasing the risk of disease, Amnesty International says.

    In a report on Kenya's slums, the human rights group said women and girls were afraid to leave their shacks at night.

    As a result they were risking contracting diseases such as dysentery and cholera, the report said.

    About 60% of Nairobi residents, about two million people, live in slums with limited access to water and sanitation.

    Amnesty criticised a lack of policing in the shantytowns and the government's failure to enforce planning laws and regulations.

    It called on the Kenyan government to address violence against women and to ensure women's access to sanitation and public security services.

    'Flying toilets' "Women and girls in Nairobi's slums live under the constant threat of sexual violence," the report said.

    "Unable to leave their one-roomed houses after dark, many women in informal settlements resort to 'flying toilets' - using plastic bags thrown from the home to dispose of waste."

    Godfrey Odongo, Amnesty's east Africa researcher, said there was "a huge gap between what the government commits to do, and what is going on in the slums every day".

    "Kenya's national policies recognise the rights to sanitation and there are laws and standards in place. However, because of decades of failure to recognise slums and informal settlements, planning laws and regulations are not enforced in these areas.



    Piles of rotting waste increase the risks of disease in the shantytowns "The lack of enforcement of these laws has ensured that landlords and structure owners in the slums can get away without providing any toilets or shower places for their tenants."

    The report, Insecurity and Indignity: Women's experiences in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, highlights the case of a 19-year-old woman called Amina who was attacked as she walked to a latrine in Nairobi's Mathare slum.

    "I always underestimated the threat of violence," she said. "I would go to the latrine any time provided it was not too late."

    Four men attacked her in the early evening and were about to rape her when her cries were heard and a group of residents arrived to save her.

    In March, trials began of a biodegradable toilet bag it is hoped will replace the flying toilets in Nairobi's largest slum of Kibera.

    The "Peepoo" bag is coated with a chemical which turns human waste into fertiliser.

    Dickson Matu Makau, who was in charge of distributing and collecting the used bags, told the BBC's Network Africa programme that the Peepoo proved popular and was much preferred to normal polythene bags.

    Analysts predict the population of Nairobi will swell to about six million by 2025.


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    Kibera tries new bag to solve 'flying toilet' problem

    Kibera tries new bag to solve 'flying toilet' problem
    Trials of a disposable toilet bag have been carried out by families in the Kenyan slum of Kibera, before it reaches the market in a few months.

    The "Peepoo" is a small biodegradable bag coated with a chemical which turns human waste into fertiliser.

    Kibera - East Africa's largest informal settlement - lacks sewers and suffers from poor levels of sanitation.

    Residents frequently use polythene bags, known as "flying toilets", to dispose of their waste.

    It is hoped the Peepoo will provide a cleaner, more environmentally friendly alternative to the flying toilets, which have contaminated Kibera's water sources and caused the spread of disease.

    It doesn't smell for up to 24 hours
    Peepoo inventor Anders Wilhelmson



    Kenya's flying toilets

    Peepoo's inventor, Anders Wilhelmson, told the BBC the biodegradable bag would actually save money, as it was chemically treated so that it could turn human waste into fertiliser.

    He said the product was safe and easy to use.

    "It doesn't smell for up to 24 hours, so you can use it inside, during the night, and the day, and then have it collected, or just use it in your back garden," he said.

    The Peepoo was given to 50 families in Kibera who tried it for one month.

    Dickson Matu Makau, who was in charge of distributing and collecting the used bags, told the BBC's Network Africa programme that the Peepoo proved to be very popular and was much preferred to the flying toilets.

    The Peepoo will be free or cost the same as a traditional plastic bag.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    As a result they were risking contracting diseases such as dysentery and cholera, the report said.
    Well if they contract cholera their rapers should get infected too, therefore solving the problem definitely

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    many women in informal settlements resort to 'flying toilets' - using plastic bags thrown from the home to dispose of waste."
    Fcuking Mancunians exporting their heathen ways all over the world. What ever next.

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