Kenyans under quarantine protest at Kenyatta University near Nairobi, Kenya – 15 April 2020

Like people around the world, Rachel Gachuna is extremely worried about catching coronavirus. But she is just as fearful about being locked up in a Kenyan quarantine centre.

If the single mother of one-year-old twins is to believe those already held at some of these government-assigned facilities, living conditions are not much better than at a prison.

“The toilets are just messy, dirty… even the cleaners who clean the toilets once a day complain how messy the toilets,” one woman in quarantine told the BBC.

“It’s because there is no water, so people are touching the same taps when you want to wash your hands, if there is even water… it’s just a mess.”

“I try

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