Before it can face the prospects of a new decade, Kenya today struggles to build from the wreckage of its recent past. The charred framed of homes burned by armed gangs in post-election turmoil two short years ago bear witness in Keptembwo; a resonance of the violence that destroyed communities, displacing 20,000 people. Regrettably, those events are the most recent in a legacy of devastation. The root of the problem: Keptembwo waivers on an insubstantial foundation – it was established as a shantytown, set up by the government to accommodate squatters.
-The rate of HIV/AIDS infection is rampant; consequential orphans are threatened by starvation and risk abuse at the hands of strangers.
-Though nearly 70 percent of the population are children, education is inaccessible.
-Shelters, makeshift structures often housing animals as well as people, are unsanitary.
-Many households in this region have up to 12 dependents; the burden of so many often falls squarely on the shoulders of a single woman.
-Crushed by the weight of this responsibility, women are forced to survive on drug trafficking, prostitution, and collecting trash.
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