When I toured the remains of a slum the day after it was bulldozed, I witnessed a kind of perseverance I still don’t fully understand.

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About the Author: Jessica Shewan is a journalist with World Next Door. She graduated in 2009 from The University of Evansville with a bachelor's degree in History. She loves making new international friends and is passionate about seeing the global church pursue justice and peace!

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  1. Aaron Elliott said... 


    July 27th, 2009 at 9:07 am  

    Jess—Brilliant stuff. Well told. The picture of the lady with the keys on her head is burned in my mind. What a picture of hope and perseverance. She will wear her keys to the door of her new house, yet to be built! Inspiring! I can remember seeing white X’s throughout Korogocho slum when I was there in March 1994. Everyone was wondering if and when the bulldozers were going to come. To actually see it happen is sobering.

  2. Dad said... 


    July 27th, 2009 at 5:45 pm  

    Amazing. The less they have I guess the less they have to worry about. Life is simpler. Is helping them find permanent land then basic building material a realistic solution?

  3. Dave Rod said... 


    July 31st, 2009 at 11:40 am  

    After looking thorugh these pics and your comments… days later… I’m still haunted, bothered and amazed.

    I wonder what would happen if the beaurocrats who set that demolition in motion would read your post. Would they be moved? Shrug their shoulders? Agonize?

    And as for me…do I have the faith to sustain the loss of all things material in my life? Hope it never happens but it makes me wonder.

    Jess, wonderful, on the spot, in real time reporting ! thank you!

  4. grandma Mack said... 


    August 8th, 2009 at 6:29 pm  

    My dear Jess, Having just returned from time with 2 of the girls, extended families, numbering 19 to 20 folks -all of us comfortably sleeping in this huge lake house, I am just blown away to see this view that you are experiencing. I am like your dad, what is the best way to help them is the ? that is just staying in my mind. thank you for showing and telling how it is. God bless you, grandma Mack

  5. Breanna Sipple said... 


    February 22nd, 2011 at 10:09 am  

    Great gallery. Their perseverance and positivity is inspiring, especially Naomi’s story. My favorite caption I read was when she said: “This does not make me question God’s faithfulness at all…This is just another opportunity for God to manifest his glory.” Wow!

  6. francis amonde said... 


    March 18th, 2011 at 3:52 am  

    It’s a great job you did!

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