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09 July 2010 :: 00:07:51 am 29932

Women & Children Fear for their Safety in Communal Toilets

Women and young girls are staying away from communal toilets and risking disease such as dysentery and cholera as they are too afraid to leave their shacks at night in fear of being raped.
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Kenya 8th July 2010 [Pattaya Daily News] Around two million people (60% of population) who live in slums, have limited access to water and sanitation and the women and young girls live in constant fear of sexual violence

The government’s failure to enforce planning laws, regulations and the lack of policing, have been criticized by Amnesty. It has called on the Kenyan government to acknowledge the violence against women and to ensure their safety and access to sanitation.


Many women in formal settlements resort to flying toilets whereby plastic bags are used to deposit their waste before throwing it from the home as they fear leaving their one roomed home after dark.

East Africa’s researcher Godfrey Odongo said “There is a huge gap between what the government commits to do and what is going on in the slums every day.”

There are laws and standards in place as Kenya’s national policies recognize the rights to sanitation, however because of  years of failing to recognize slums and informal settlements, planning laws and regulations are not enforced. Piles of rotting waste in the streets in Nairobi’s Mukuru-kwa-Njenga increase the risk of diseases.

The lack of acknowledgement and enforcement of laws has ensured that landlords and owners of the slums get away with not providing any toilets or shower places for their tenants.

Reports from Insecurity and Indignity, highlights the case of a 19 year old woman called Amina who was attacked on her way back from the toilet in Nairobi’s Mathare slum.  She was attacked by four men in the early evening, but escaped rape when her cries were heard by a group of residents who came to her aid.

Trials of a biodegradable toilet bag that is hoped will replace the flying toilets in Nairobi’s largest slum of Kibera, will begin in March.

The biodegradable bag named “the Peepoo bag” is coated with a chemical that will turn human waste into fertilizer and has proved to be very popular and was much preferable to normal polythene bags.

It has been predicted that the population of Nairobi will increase to approximately 6 million by the year 2025. 

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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