Reuters: Due to rampant sexual violence in the slums of Kenyan, women are terrified to leave their homes to use the communal toilets. They have resorted to relieving themselves in plastic bags, and the lack of proper facilities and sanitation is a cause for concern for aid workers who fear the women may be exposed to communicable diseases.
Kenya's poorest women risk the deadly diseases related to poor sanitation because "endemic" sexual violence in the capital's sprawling slums keeps them away from its communal toilets, a rights group said on Wednesday.
About 60 percent of Nairobi residents, or some 2 million people, live in shantytowns with limited access to water, sanitation and other vital services. Sewage runs though ditches and pathways are littered with garbage and human waste.
Unable to leave their one-roomed houses after dark, many women in informal settlements resort to 'flying toilets' - using plastic bags thrown from the home to dispose of waste.
Amnesty International said these women were at high risk of communicable diseases such as cholera and dysentery."