Kenya: Thousands homeless after Kibera demolitions

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Thousands of people in Kenya’s largest slum have been left homeless after days of demolition carried out by the government.

The Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) demolished buildings in Kibera on Monday and Tuesday, including homes, schools, churches and clinics. Human rights groups have condemned the move as illegal while residents say KURA failed to provide the notice and compensation it promised them.

Thousands homeless in Kibera

The demolition comes as part of a project aimed at relieving traffic congestion in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, by building a new highway through part of the Kibera slum. However, residents and rights groups say KURA had promised residents that no eviction would be enforced before the project was completed and compensation would be awarded to those forced out of their homes.

Residents also say they received assurances that schools would remain open until the end of the current term.

In a statement released on Tuesday, The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) expressed its disappointment over KURA’s conduct.

“The KNCHR is particularly disappointed that the evictions are happening despite assurances from KURA that no evictions would be effected before completion and implementation of the ongoing enumeration and relocation of the Project Affected Persons (PAPs),” it said.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.