Mathare is one of the largest and poorest urban settlements in Nairobi, Kenya. It is a warren of mostly one room, tin houses with no interior water or sanitation. Residents of these neighborhoods hail from a long lineage of resilient people who have had to constantly defend their right to the city, despite continuous attempts at evictions, land grabbing and demolitions in their localities. Youth are most likely the ones to be killed by the police and suffer from enforced disappearances.
These low income settlements are the communities most impacted by Nairobi’s informal policy of state-sanctioned violence, namely extrajudicial executions (EJE), in the name of seeking safer communities. Families of victims are reclaiming their rights through civic participation, community organizing and active documentation of human rights violations.