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Other figures about the population of Kibera

UN-Habitat, which is supposed to be the most reliable source of information about informal settlements in Kenya, has released numbers and figures throughout the years estimating an average population of 700,000 people [1] [2] [3] [4]

Kenyan President Kibaki, had repeatedly spoken of 500,000 people [5] [6]

In 2003-2004, in the framework of the Kenya Slum Upgrading Programme (KENSUP), GoK and UN-Habitat took the census of Soweto East, one of the 12 (some say 13) villages that compose Kibera, directly gathering information onto the field. The outcomes of this census were never released to the public.

High figures were released in turn by other supposedly reliable sources . According to Mike Davis, author of The Planet of Slums (2006), Kibera had got a population of about 800,000 people . The International Housing Coalition (IHC) stated that "the Kibera slum in Nairobi has more than half a million people packed into 225 hectares [2.25 sqKm] (2,000 people per hectare [200,000 people per sqKm])." [8]

In 2009, a more accurate estimate of the number of built structures in Kibera from satellite imagery was made by the KeyObs RESPOND project, which then conducted a sample to estimate population per structure, and came up with a number in the range from 199,959 to 205,108.

When, in June 2010, the White House reported the number jumping to 1.5 million. [9]

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