As I have mentioned in a previous article, most mzungus don’t get a chance to see Kibera after the sun goes down. That’s why it has been my privilege to see what life is like there after dark. In this photo gallery, I hope to share a bit of what it looks like.

But alas, the sights are all I can share. I can’t share the smell of burning garbage. I can’t share the taste of ugali and sukuma wiki eaten with your hands. I can’t share the coughing and throat clearing and nose blowing that never stops because of the dust and pollution.

All I can share is what it looks like.

Hopefully you can imagine the rest…

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About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.

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  1. Amy said... 


    June 30th, 2009 at 10:16 am  

    Amazing photography. I could almost smell it! 2 Samuel 22:29 (NASB): “For You are my lamp, O LORD; And the LORD illumines my darkness.” Praying for you all. Praising God for the lamp you are to these people, and for the way your words and imagery are illuminating the hearts of people here at home.

  2. Brad Ruggles said... 


    June 30th, 2009 at 12:23 pm  

    Man! You’re photography skills are getting really good! I love pictures 2 & 4. Beautiful colors.

    I can’t imagine what it’s like with the smell of burning trash all the time and what it must do to their already fragile health.

    Praying for you guys! Keep up the great posts!

  3. David Bell said... 


    June 30th, 2009 at 1:12 pm  

    Thank you for spending these weeks in Kibera. What you have said about the fact that no one stays there at night to see the depth of what they experience is so true. You are doing it. For me, this is the “picture” I have wondered about. What is it like in places like this AFTER I leave… we (westerners in particular) leave having met people, worked with a clinic, etc… So having been there with you to see Kibera and now have you sharing the experience of Kibera is a gift into the heart of God to know more of what He sees day in and day out, what His heart beats about in care for the forgotten and oft-ignored. Thank you.

  4. meg and ron blevins said... 


    June 30th, 2009 at 5:11 pm  

    Thank you Barry for illuminating truth in the darkness. As a brother…I say, “Be Brave!” As a father, friend, physician,,,I say, “Praying for you and…be a little safe.” ron.

  5. Dave Rod said... 


    June 30th, 2009 at 7:38 pm  

    Amen to Ron!

    Great pics Barry! Evocative…cool…enlightening

  6. Rob Yonan said... 


    June 30th, 2009 at 10:21 pm  

    So brave and so amazing and so incarnational. Thank you. I’ve sat here stunned taking it all in.

  7. John Caves said... 


    July 1st, 2009 at 10:16 pm  

    Barry, I’ve truly enjoyed observing your journey.

    I pray for you and I’m inspired by the realities you provide me through your words and pictures.

  8. Breanna Sipple said... 


    February 15th, 2011 at 2:41 am  

    This was my first WND photo gallery to look through, and even though the pictures captured were mostly dark with some light, the captions were very enlightening to look through and see a little clearer what life after dark in Kiberia looks like.

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