Lessons Never Learnt: The Sinai Fire Tragedy

by Zulani

Years have passed by since the worst fire disaster in the history of Kenya claimed a hundred and thirty lives in a slum village. More have died from internal injuries sustained from the fire, as many others struggle to find alternative livelihoods, having lost their mainly casual jobs as they nursed injuries others unable to do the heavy physical industrial jobs they had before.

A visit to Sinai slum tells a story of broken promises, shattered dreams, abandoned projects, forgotten people and lessons never learnt. Nothing has changed in the village, not even the ten metre long open drainage line from which tens were scooping fuel that fateful morning, to the pollution by a major government corporation that wrecked lives, habitation continues undeterred; but deep in the hearts and realities of the people, everything has changed

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