In 2015 there was a serious case of lead poisoning in OwinoHuru Mombasa County. Thousands of people in the poor district area faced serious health consequences from toxic lead coming from a battery recycling plant in the area. It is a requirement from the Kenyan government to issue an environmental impact assessment before an industrial facility is opened but this was not the case. Many community members did not know the full after effects of the recycling plant.Many cases of miscarriages, skin ailments and even death were reported all due to the lead poisoning. A government chemist report on the blood lead levels of 50 residents proved that the levels of lead in their blood was dangerously high with around 420 part per million. According to the WHO any blood lead level above 150 parts per million is considered fatal. It took the government chemist 8 months to publish their report.
We shared the OwinoHuru documentary with community members of Kibos area Kisumu to shed light on the dangers of air and water pollution associated with unregulated industries. Hakijamii together with KISORA continue to work closely with the community and enlighten them on the possible effects of unregulated industries through learning from others like OwinoHuru.