Kenya IV

Kenya Road Traffic, July 2012

Road accidents claim up to 15,000 lives every year in Kenya. With an estimated 35 deaths for every 100,000 people, this is more people than are killed each year by malaria. The causes include speeding; drink driving; tired truck drivers; poorly trained drivers of public minibuses; and badly maintained vehicles. Enforcement of the existing laws is a problem.

Kenyan traffic police are notorious for taking bribes for minor offences rather than cracking down on drivers who brazenly flout traffic regulations. As well as those who die, thousands are injured – many of whom are confined to wheelchairs for the rest of their lives. Medical care of spinal injuries is poorly lacking and little support is offered to victims.

  • Scenes show how people in Kenya are injured and maimed as a result of Road Traffic Crashes. Kate Holt.
  • Scenes show how people in Kenya are injured and maimed as a result of Road Traffic Crashes. Kate Holt.
  • Scenes show how people in Kenya are injured and maimed as a result of Road Traffic Crashes. Kate Holt.
  • Winne Magare, 39 years old, who became tetraplegic after being injured in a traffic accident, poses for photographs. Kate Holt.
  • James Areja, who was made disabled after the bus he was travelling in crashed. Kate Holt.
  • James Areja, who was made disabled after the bus he was travelling in crashed. Kate Holt.
  • Jacqueline Symboa, who was made disabled after the school bus she was travelling in crashed. Kate Holt.
  • Traffic builds up on Nairobi's congested roads in the evening on the 31st July, 2012. Kate Holt.
  • James Areja, who was made disabled after the bus he was travelling in crashed. Kate Holt.
  • Bright Owaya, who became disabled as a result of a Road Traffic Crash. Kate Holt.
  • Scenes illustrate the sites of road traffic crashes involving mini buses, the main means of public transport for most Kenyans. Kate Holt.
  • Scenes show how people in Kenya are injured and maimed as a result of Road Traffic Crashes. Kate Holt.
  • Scenes show how people in Kenya are injured and maimed as a result of Road Traffic Crashes. Kate Holt.
  • Scenes illustrate the sites of road traffic crashes involving mini buses, the main means of public transport for most Kenyans. Kate Holt.
  • Scenes illustrate the sites of road traffic crashes involving mini buses, the main means of public transport for most Kenyans. Kate Holt.
  • A sign shows the entrance of an accident and emergency unit at a hospital in Western Kenya in June, 2012. Kate Holt.
  • Scenes show how people in Kenya are injured and maimed as a result of Road Traffic Crashes. Kate Holt.
  • Scenes show how people in Kenya are injured and maimed as a result of Road Traffic Crashes. Kate Holt.
  • Scenes show how people in Kenya are injured and maimed as a result of Road Traffic Crashes. Kate Holt.
  • Ali Abdi, a journalist who underwent training with Internews. Kate Holt.