The Power Hungry

Huge and rambling is an understatement of the small section of Kibera that can be seen from this vantage point. Acres of rusting corrugated metal sheet give some protection to the half million or so residents in this sector, of strictly unplanned mayhem. The hi-jacked, near lethal electrical cat’s cradle of  240 volt charged copper is stolen and retailed to the less savvy in a way that defies physics.

Earthing and circuit breakers are considered superfluous luxuries with inevitable consequences. A huge column of smoke and flames was seen, blacking the sky. No fire engine, even if it were to attend could make its way down Kibera’s tiny unplanned alleyways as neighbours were left with the unenviable choice of destroying their own homes or watching them being added to the conflagration.

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