Kenya : homes of 30,000 people demolished in Kenyan slum

30,000 people have seen their homes demolished in a Kenyan slum to build a new dual carriage way. ©Photo: RR

Casablanca, (ADV) – Homes of about 30,000 people have been destroyed in order to build a $20m dual carriage way in Nairobi’s largest slum.

The residents of the Kenyan slum of Kibera were noticed only two weeks before their houses were demolished, for them to leave their homes. Bulldozers moved in at dawn while people were watching the place they called “home” being destroyed right in front of them. Local residents fought the road in court, but lost as a judge ruled in favour of the dual carriage way, explaining that it was in the public interest.

Two primary schools and one children’s home were among the buildings destroyed. Amnesty International has condemned the evictions, describing them as tragic and illegal.

Most of the people evicted have found themselves homeless.

“I’ve taken my belongings to a neighbour. My wife and kids have moved to my brother’s place to stay there for the time being. I don’t know where to start from,” says Arthur Shakwira, one of residents evicted.

Bur-csa – Oumaima Derfoufi – ADV with agencies