Kisumu and around

Kisumu, on the shore of Lake Victoria, is the principal town in Western Kenya and the third largest city in the country. It has a slow, gentle pace of life, a relaxed ambience, and the whole town comes to a standstill on Sunday. The sleepy atmosphere is as much due to lack of economic opportunities as to the extremely hot dry weather, which makes doing almost anything in the middle of the day hard work. However, the town is not economically prosperous; it has been bypassed by post-Independence development and has had little investment in infrastructure and basic services - the signs are all too visible. Warehouses by the docks remain empty and the port does not have the bustling atmosphere you would expect in such an important town. There is little formal employment and the poverty rate is among the highest in the country. The city is also not looking at its best physically at the moment because of damage caused by the 2007 post-election violence and many buildings have been wrecked or burnt out.

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