Obunga Skeleton Dealers View Story | Overview

Kisumu, Kenya / December 2010

Obunga is a slum on the outskirts of Kisumu on the Kenyan shore of Lake Victoria. Four factories in Kisumu produce tens of thousands of nile perch fillets every day, bound for the European market. The leftovers are sold to Obunga’s ‚Skeleton Dealers’: They clean the fishbones, fry them and sell them on local marketplaces as poor man’s fish.

Seline Achieng has been working in the fishbone business for ten years. The work is incredibly hard and she gains little. But it is enough to feed her family and pay the school fees for her children and even for her orphaned nephews.

Kisumu, Kenya / December 2010

Obunga is a slum on the outskirts of Kisumu on the Kenyan shore of Lake Victoria. Four factories in Kisumu produce tens of thousands of nile perch fillets every day, bound for the European market. The leftovers are sold to Obunga’s ‚Skeleton Dealers’: They clean the fishbones, fry them and sell them on local marketplaces as poor man’s fish.

Seline Achieng has been working in the fishbone business for ten years. The work is incredibly hard and she gains little. But it is enough to feed her family and pay the school fees for her children and even for her orphaned nephews.

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