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Saturday, 02 March 2013 22:34

PhotoNews:Lagos Govt destroys slum Neighborhood

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   In this picture, Thursday Feb. 28, 2013 people search through the rubble of demolished houses at Ijora Badia slum in Lagos, Nigeria, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. . (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) In this picture, Thursday Feb. 28, 2013 people search through the rubble of demolished houses at Ijora Badia slum in Lagos, Nigeria, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. . (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

 

 

"The bulldozers arrived there on Feb. 23, a Saturday morning, along with the police. They tore down the homes quickly, leaving most people to sleep outside afterward. Days later, they were crowded into a community hall, an open-air room covered by a thin tin roof. Others slept in a nearby church, their possessions gathered on top of benches under the watchful eyes of pictures of Jesus Christ near the altar. A spokesman for Lagos state government did not respond to requests for comment about the demolition.

The bulldozers came at dawn to this neighborhood of shanty homes and concrete buildings in Nigeria's largest city, followed by riot police carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles. The police banged on doors, corralling the thousands who live in Ijora-Badia off to the side as the bulldozers' blades tore through scrap-lumber walls, their tracks grinding the possessions inside into the black murk of swamp underneath. Days later, children picked through the field of debris, their small hands dodging rusty nails to pull away anything of value left behind.

The demolition of this slum neighborhood follows others in Lagos, a city of some 17.5 million inhabitants where a dozen can sleep in a single room and more flock to every day from the countryside. While the city continues to grow, the government has started programs to improve roads and railways, but target poor neighborhoods for demolition and street traders for arrest."  - Associate Press

In this image taken Thursday Feb. 28, 2013 a man sits in the rubble of his partly demolished house at  Ijora Badia slum in Lagos, Nigeria,  The bulldozers arrived at dawn to this neighborhood of shanty homes and concrete buildings in Nigeria’s largest city, followed by police officers in riot gear carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles. The police banged on doors, corralling the thousands who live in Ijora-Badia off to the side as the bulldozers’ blades tore through scrap-lumber walls, its track grinding the possessions inside into the black murk of swamp beneath it. It left behind only a field of debris that children days later picked through, their small hands dodging exposed rusty nails to pull away anything of value left behind. Photo: Sunday Alamba
In this image taken Thursday Feb. 28, 2013 residents salvage wood from  demolished houses at  Ijora Badia slum in Lagos, Nigeria. The bulldozers arrived at dawn to this neighborhood of shanty homes and concrete buildings in Nigeria’s largest city, followed by police officers in riot gear carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles. The police banged on doors, corralling the thousands who live in Ijora-Badia off to the side as the bulldozers’ blades tore through scrap-lumber walls, its track grinding the possessions inside into the black murk of swamp beneath it. It left behind only a field of debris that children days later picked through, their small hands dodging exposed rusty nails to pull away anything of value left behind. Photo: Sunday Alamba
In this image taken Thursday Feb. 28, 2013 children stand on the rubble of a demolished house at  Ijora Badia slum in Lagos, Nigeria. The bulldozers arrived at dawn to this neighborhood of shanty homes and concrete buildings in Nigeria’s largest city, followed by police officers in riot gear carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles. The police banged on doors, corralling the thousands who live in Ijora-Badia off to the side as the bulldozers’ blades tore through scrap-lumber walls, its track grinding the possessions inside into the black murk of swamp beneath it. It left behind only a field of debris that children days later picked through, their small hands dodging exposed rusty nails to pull away anything of value left behind. Photo: Sunday Alamba
Nigeria's big city razes homes as poor left behind
Nigeria's big city razes homes as poor left behind
Photos Credit:(AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

 

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