26 September 2009

It Started Well

What began as a good article became little more than any other about Kibera slum.  Since it is short and highlights the growth of ‘poverty tourism, it is worth the mention.  What is frustrating is that the journalist had the opportunity to explore the role of the tourism growth in Kibera.  Instead, he (I am assuming that the name Xan is a male name but could be wrong) waste words describing the slum.  For some reason it seems to be a favorite of Kibera writers.  Take as many as words as possible to describe the slum, the people, do not forget the flying toilets and smell, give a quote from a child and then fill the rest with some substance and you have a newsworthy story for any printed news source.