The most populated island in the largest lake
The tiny rocky island Migingo (Migingo), having an area about half the size of a football field, located on Lake Victoria - the largest lake in Africa and the largest tropical lake in the world.
Despite the tiny size, the island is a shelter and home to 400 people, who live here in the overcrowded huts of corrugated sheets and wood.
the cramped conditions and the terrible space-saving, but residents Miringo proud that they have on the island, there are five bars, a beauty salon, a pharmacy, as well as several hotels.
The locals are engaged in fishing the Nile perch.
The island is still the center of a territorial dispute between Kenya and Uganda.
The first inhabitants of the island were two Kenyan fishermen, Dalmas Tembo and George Kibebe, who claimed that settled on the island in 1991. At that time, the island was covered with grass and is home to many birds and snakes.
Later they were joined by 60 members of the fishing cooperative, who arrived here after they learned that the area is rich in Nile Perch.
Subsequently, other fishermen from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania are also settled on the island, turning it into a thriving center of commerce.
The island is just a hive of activity. Here come to fish every morning more than 100 fishing boats.
When the fish processing companies buy the catch of the local market from the fishermen, they transported him from Kenya to the mainland, where the fish is exported to the European Union and beyond.
Cherished Nile perch is a central element of the multi-million dollar fishing industry, vital to the economy of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
A rich stock of Nile perch in the waters around the island Migingo led even to the territorial dispute between the two countries: Uganda and Kenya.
Technically, the island belongs to Kenya, being inside the international borders of the country, which is also marked on maps and official documents.