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Imbibers of changaa, a potent and cheap alcoholic beverage, often suffer blindness or even death.
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2013 12:49

In the slums of Kenya, "changaa" is a popular alcoholic drink, and brewing the grog is a source of livelihood for many.

Changaa, which literally means "kill me quickly", has a high alcohol content. But it's often adulterated with other more poisonous compounds, including jet fuel and embalming fluid, to speed up the fermentation process.

In 2010, an estimated 100 people died after drinking changaa.

A shot of changaa can cost as little as 5 Kenyan shillings ($0.01), and provides a long high.


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Changaa is often brewed in rivers contaminated with sewage. In Mathare slum, rich Kenyans and Indian businessmen invest in its production, but never come into the slum. They just collect the money through "runners".


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Jet fuel and embalming fluid are often used to speed up the fermentation process. This can cause blindness, or death.


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Brewing Changaa is a source of liveihood for many people in Kibera slum - women, children and families all play a part.


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A changaa brewer in Mathare slum explains how one shot is enough for a lasting high.


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Chanagaa only costs 5 Kenyan shillings ($0.01 USD) per "shot". Because the drink is clear, drinkers think it is clean.


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A brewer in Mathare.


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Changaa brewers at work in Mathare.


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A common occurance in Mathare slum: lying semi-conscious in the middle of the street due to a heavy Changaa drinking session.



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Changaa is often brewed in rivers contaminated with sewage. In Mathare slum, rich Kenyans and Indian businessmen invest in its production, but never come into the slum. They just collect the money through "runners".

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Changaa is often brewed in rivers contaminated with sewage. In Mathare slum, rich Kenyans and Indian businessmen invest in its production, but never come into the slum. They just collect the money through "runners".

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Jet fuel and embalming fluid are often used to speed up the fermentation process. This can cause blindness, or death.

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Jet fuel and embalming fluid are often used to speed up the fermentation process. This can cause blindness, or death.

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Brewing Changaa is a source of liveihood for many people in Kibera slum - women, children and families all play a part.

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Brewing Changaa is a source of liveihood for many people in Kibera slum - women, children and families all play a part.

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A changaa brewer in Mathare slum explains how one shot is enough for a lasting high.

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A changaa brewer in Mathare slum explains how one shot is enough for a lasting high.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Kill-me-Quickly?image_id=04x16Sh4pA0GPChanagaa only costs 5 Kenyan shillings ($0.01 USD) per "shot". Because the drink is clear, drinkers think it is clean.Wed, 27 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Kill-me-Quickly?image_id=04x16Sh4pA0GPCeleste HibbertTRANSTERRA MediaAl Jazeera Upload ImagesChanagaa only costs 5 Kenyan shillings ($0.01 USD) per "shot". Because the drink is clear, drinkers think it is clean. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Kill-me-Quickly?image_id=0633asXfr50X6

A brewer in Mathare.

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A brewer in Mathare.

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Changaa brewers at work in Mathare.

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Changaa brewers at work in Mathare.

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A common occurance in Mathare slum: lying semi-conscious in the middle of the street due to a heavy Changaa drinking session.

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A common occurance in Mathare slum: lying semi-conscious in the middle of the street due to a heavy Changaa drinking session.



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