Changaa or Chang’aa (literal meaning “kill me quick”) is an alcoholic drink which is popular in Kenya. Distilled from grains like millet, maize and sorghum, it is very potent.
Illegally brewed changaa could be purchased for around US$0.15 to $0.25 per glass. The drink is sometimes adulterated by adding substances like jet fuel, embalming fluid or battery acid, which has the effect of giving the beverage more ‘kick’. In Nairobi slums like Korogocho, the water used to make the drink is often contaminated with feces and women’s underwear; decomposing dead rats have been found in the drink during police raids.