Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of reports from Faith Editor Janet Chismar’s as she traveled to Kenya, Africa March 15-20, 2005.


The smell of Kibera haunts me at night, even a week after returning to the United States. A stream of urine flows through the slum’s mud ditches, yielding a powerful stench on a hot afternoon. Rotten produce tossed in with animal and human excrement multiplied the stomach-turning effect.