Nigeria: Forced evictions leave slum dwellers homeless

| November 2, 2015

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Thousands of families are still homeless more than a month after security forces chased 15,000 Nigerians from their homes in Badia East, one of Lagos’ largest slums.

Houses and shops were reduced to rubble in the once vibrant community, which now resembles a disaster zone.

Iyabo Benson is a 32-year-old mother of five who lost her home in the September 18th demolitions.

She says, “When it rains, especially at night, we get very wet and cold. My youngest son [who is less than a month old] is ill … because we sleep in the open.”

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Photo:Many residents from Badia East, the largest slum in Lagos, are still sleeping out in the open, after their homes were demolished on 18 September. Credit: Sam Olukoya/IRIN