“Parsons’ mix of hyperbole, realistic dramatisation of life in the ghetto and a hardnosed analysis of how places such as Kibera came to be is very compelling. This may be another mzungu writing about Africa’s sorrows but it is difficult to ignore what he says. Whether it is how the economic SAPs (structural adjustment programmes) African governments sheepishly agreed to from the 1980s to the 1990s thus impoverishing millions of Africans or the fact that “for every $1 received in loans by 1998, sub-Saharan Africa paid back $1.41 to their creditors – principally the World Bank and the IMF”, or the theft of public resources, family desertions by fathers/husbands, the rampaging HIV/Aids, Parsons coldly demonstrates that no human being should be forced to live the life that a majority of Kibrans live. ...The implied question in ‘Megaslumming’ is: can we really continue to tolerate or ignore such inhumanity that is slum life?”
Dr Tom Odhiambo – Department of Literature, University of Nairobi

“This is a book that describes in searing detail what urban poverty and inequality mean to the millions of people who are physically, socially, economically and politically excluded from opportunities provided by city life. Adam Parsons' analysis and description of life in Kibera, one of Africa's biggest and most notorious slums, is deeply moving and refreshingly insightful. The book shows that slums are not an inevitable consequence of rapid urbanisation, but a result of various external and internal forces that have had a catastrophic impact on the most vulnerable and poor people living in cities of the Third World. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the causes and consequences of urban poverty and exclusion in Africa's fastest growing cities.”
Rasna Warah – author, journalist and former editor of UN-HABITAT's State of the World's Cities report, Kenya

“I was greatly moved by Parsons' account of his time spent with a small band of 17 year old Kibera street kids, led by a young man named Djemba, who showed him the ropes and taught him about life in the slum. The book... offers great insight into Kibera from both a research and a personal story perspective. I applaud the author for doing his very best... to drive home in lurid detail the juxtaposition of the extremely bad conditions in Kibera and the glimmer of hope of its people to get up each morning and live another day.”
Greg Lanier editor of Slum: The People of Kibera

“Megaslumming is an engrossing book that manages to place a difficult subject into an easily accessible context, showing how global issues are interrelated and affect the lives of so many people in sub-Saharan Africa. It was particularly moving to see how the street children, despite all the hardships they faced, still displayed a vibrant sense of humanity and determination to overcome their daily obstacles.”
Anup Shah editor of Global Issues

“Megaslumming is a compelling on-the-spot account of life in one of the world’s largest slums.
The book highlights the urgent need for the world to share resources with the poor.”
John Madeley journalist and author on economic and social development issues