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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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December 4, 2011

it is essential that these forced evictions end because they are causing displacement and destroying the lives of these African families. It will cause destabilizing effects towards the entire country (and surrounding countries). Amnesty and well as UN organization must step in and fight against this injustice

December 4, 2011

it is essential that these forced evictions end because they are causing displacement and destroying the lives of these African families. It will cause destabilizing effects towards the entire country (and surrounding countries). Amnesty and well as UN organization must step in and fight against this injustice

December 1, 2011

What people need... is a quality of mind that will help them to use information and to develop reason in order to achieve lucid summations of what is going on in the world and of what may be happening within themselves. The sociological imagination enables its possessor to understand the larger historical scene in terms of its meaning for the inner life and the external career of a variety of individuals.

November 24, 2011

The basic necessity of life are housing, food and clothing to me a responsible Government are suppose to be the provider of this all important need of human existence,but the reverse here is the case, well, if must say that, we the activist must i repeat with a LOUD VOICE WE MUST PUT AN END to forced evictions.

November 21, 2011

This is terrible, I can imagine if that was me in their situation I would ask myself why am'I the one without a home, food and shelter? How come others can have a home, more then enough food and shelter? Well, it's because of greed and I think this organization is a great way to reduce greed and support the poor.
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