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Mtwapa is a heavily populated, fast growing slum shanty town on the coast, 12 miles north of Mombasa/Kenya.

Behind the brick house facade on the main road exist atrocious  one room family shacks. Whole families, sometimes very large in number, live in these 4x4 rooms, cooking and washing communally with many other families. These then give way to hovels built with scrap wood and straw roofs.

Approximately 80% of eligible people are unemployed. The flourishing tourist boom has burst. Even people with long established employment are fighting to retain their jobs. Poor living conditions, crime, drug trafficking and prostitution naturally follow this situation of high deprivation. Mtwapa has HIV infection of 40%- it is the highest recorded in East Africa.




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