Over 3 mn people forcibly evicted in Africa: Study
More than three million Africans have been forcibly evicted from their homes in the country since 2000, a study reveals.india Updated: Oct 04, 2006 14:33 IST
More than three million Africans have been forcibly evicted from their homes in the country since 2000, a study has revealed.
According to a research conducted by Amnesty International and the Geneva-based Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) the practice of forced evictions has reached epidemic proportions in Africa.
The two organisations called on African governments to halt forced evictions and abide by their international human rights obligations.
The research indicates that some two million people have been forcibly evicted from their homes and many thousands have been made homeless since 2000 in Nigeria, while more than 12,000 people were forcibly evicted from Dar Assalaam camp in Sudan in August 2006.
The government of Zimbabwe staggered the international community in 2005 when, in a military style operation, it forced an estimated 700,000 people from their homes, their businesses or both.
Angola's capital, Luanda, has seen the eviction of at least 6,000 families and their homes were demolished since 2001.
In Kenya approximately 70,000 people have been forcibly evicted from their homes in forest areas since 2005, while at least 20,000 people have been forcibly evicted from neighbourhoods in or around Nairobi since 2000.