Nili Kotoka
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Over three million people live in the slums of Mukuru and Kibera on the outskirts of Nairobi. In terms of land area to population, they are perhaps the most crowded places on earth. Extreme poverty, malnutrition, HIV, cholera and sexual abuse are prevalent. But dignity and perseverance abound. Entitled “Nili Kotoka”, (Swahili meaning “where I come from”) this series of images was captured during a month long visit to the Nairobi in June 2017. By documenting the schooling systems and social structures that surround Nairobi’s informal settlements, “Nili Kotoka” attempts to understand how despite the most desperate circumstances, community is fundamental, music permeates all aspects of life and above all, education is cherished.