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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
Dakar
Senegal
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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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January 1, 2012

Authorities should find an amicable solution one that addresses concerns of both parties. In Africa most of these problems actually stem from political campaign promises that are suddenly abandoned upon assuming power leaving the poor destitute after getting their vote! Forced evictions using excessive force is not a solution because it perpetrates human anguish.

December 14, 2011

forced evictions ..... .. . homeless africans..... .... human rights violations...... m attending this event (virtually) to support the cause ...

December 13, 2011

It's disgusting that this is happening to people. It's even more disgusting that its allowed to happen to certain fractions of the worlds population - forced evictions in Western counties would never be tolerated and neither should they be tolerated in developing countries. The world need to be aware of their situation so we can put a stop to it.

December 13, 2011

It's disgusting that this is happening to people. It's even more disgusting that its allowed to happen to certain fractions of the worlds population - forced evictions in Western counties would never be tolerated and neither should they be tolerated in developing countries. The world need to be aware of their situation so we can put a stop to it.

December 13, 2011

It's disgusting that this is happening to people. It's even more disgusting that its allowed to happen to certain fractions of the worlds population - forced evictions in Western counties would never be tolerated and neither should they be tolerated in developing countries. The world need to be aware of their situation so we can put a stop to it.
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