NAIROBI, KENYA - MARCH 18, 2010: In a community gym, young athletes prepare for their turn to compete in a bout featuring the Kibera Olympic Boxing Club, Kenya Prisons and the Kenya Police and Armed Forces (AFABA). Without a sponsor, equipment and supplies for the Kibera Olympic Boxing Team are in short supply. What little equipment they own is passed between teammates before each bout. Each year, Kibera Olympic boxers aspire individually to make the national team, and the opportunity to compete in the annual Kenya Open boxing tournament. In previous years, boxers from Kibera slum have gone on to win tournaments on both the national and international stage.
Within Kenya's progressive youth culture is the Kibera Olympic Boxing Club, a group of low-income adolescents from the slum whose leader uses boxing as a way to engage with idle youth. The group's ethnic diversity is remarkable given Kenya's 2008 post-election violence in which people from several tribes were forced violently out of slums. Together, these boxers represent a nascent trend of cross-tribe brotherhood in a healing nation.