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February 10, 2011
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World Social Forum – community activists share their experiences of fighting forced evictions

14:27 - 14:27 (Europe/London)
9 February 2012 - 9 February 2012

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“I lost all of my wares… I have to beg”, Margaret, Kabete, Nairobi.

Join Amnesty International at the World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal, as we call for an end to forced evictions in Africa.

Community activists from Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Zimbabwe have linked up with Amnesty International's Demand Dignity campaign to share their experiences.

Hundreds of thousands of people are left homeless each year when they are forcibly evicted by the authorities. The effects of forced evictions can be catastrophic. People lose not only their homes, but their possessions and livelihoods. Access to food, clean water and sanitation can become difficult. Without a home, it is harder to find work, to go to school and to stay healthy. Forced evictions often involve violence, with officials using excessive force and even firearms.

The World Social Forum gives these community activists from across Africa a chance to get their voices heard and turn the spotlight on their vital work. It also enables them to build alliances with other organizations working on evictions and housing rights. Follow our delegates at the World Social Forum on Twitter (@demanddignity) or find us on Facebook.

Find out more about what life is like for those living under constant threat of forced eviction in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.

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March 5, 2011

We should stand up to stop human rights abuses in Africa.Poverty and deseases are ravaging contries,for how long these populations should suffer?

March 1, 2011

we shall continue to fight the despots in africa for us to get good government that will translate to good life for our people, the rule and die syndrome is becoming the other of the day in some african countries, what of countries like zimbambwe, libya, cote de voir where thousands of people had died fighting injustice and bad governance. The wind of change is blowing from nigeria, ghana and it will surely get to other countries of africa, it is a matter of time

February 21, 2011

so what we can say after this .. : .like the european are humans the africain are human too it's another comment frome one poor african .......: WHY IS AFRICA SO POOR? "Africa was poor, Africa is poor and Africa will continue to be poor if we the Africans are not ready to change Africa. Africa will remain poor if Africans are not ready to make Africa rich. There is poverty in Africa and there is hunger everywhere on the continent of Africa. HIV/AIDs continues to kill Africans in record numbers. Africa is poor and there is no doubt Africa is poor. The question is not why Africa is poor but may be how we can make Africa rich. What we can do as individuals or groups to help change Africa. There is poverty in Africa but Africa has almost all it takes to be the richest continent on earth. The major problem facing Africa today is corruption and poor leadership. There are greedy people in Africa including our leaders who don't care about their poor mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. Some people are too greedy and that is why Africa remains poor. People are killing their own brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers just to make money. People didn't care about yesterday and people don't even care about tomorrow. All they care about is money and money and that is why Africa remains poor. All African leaders I know are corrupt in one way or the other. They come as saints and leave as devils.. An African president of a country is a president for a few selected people. An African president is a president for only the educated and a president for only those in the higher class. An African president sees no poverty. An African president sees no hunger. An African president sees no HIV. An African president knows no orphan. An African president shows no mercy. An African presidents sees only money and money and nothing but money.. Not just the African president but the African prime minister, the African governor, the African Doctor, the African Judge, the African lawyer, the African King, and even the African Pastor. And that is why Africa is still poor and that is why Africa continues to wallow in poverty..." One poor African

February 21, 2011

The first thing we agree on is nobody wants Africa to remain in poverty ,We see good things why ther is no good life in africa i will take this comment for one poor africain...... poverty and hungerI know poverty because poverty was there before I was born and it has become part of life like the blood through my veins. Poverty is not going empty for a single day and getting something to eat the next day. Poverty is going empty with no hope for the future. Poverty is getting nobody to feel your pain and poverty is when your dreams go in vain because nobody is there to help you. Poverty is watching your mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters die in pain and in sorrow just because they couldn't get something to eat. Poverty is hearing your grandmothers and grandfathers cry out to death to come take them because they are tired of this world. Poverty is watching your own children and grandchildren die in your arms but there is nothing you can do. Poverty is watching your children and grandchildren share tears in their deepest sleep. Poverty is suffering from HIV/AIDS and dying a shameful death but nobody seems to care". Poor Grandmother " Poverty is when you hide your face and wish nobody could see you just because you feel less than a human being. Poverty is when you dream of bread and fish you never see in the day light. Poverty is when people accuse you and prosecute you for no fault of yours but who is there to say some for you? Poverty is when the hopes of your fathers and grandfathers just vanish within a blink of an eye. I know poverty and I know poverty just like I know my father's name. Poverty never sleeps. Poverty works all day and night. Poverty never takes a holiday"
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