NAIROBI - Kenyan authorities have forcibly evicted more than 7,000 people from land in Nairobi slums over the last month, defying a court order. Authorities say they demolished homes because they were built on public land, but critics say mass evictions during a pandemic are inhumane and could further spread the coronavirus.
Forty-two-year-old Daniel Ndungu saw the three tractors coming before his home was demolished last week. "We saw police officers coming into the area," he said. "They blocked the road and left the only one used by tractors. At around nine they started demolition. They didn't care whether there were children in the house or anything else. They began demolition.”
Defying a court order, authorities on Friday forcibly evicted Ndungu's family and other Nairobi slum dwellers, making them homeless in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Ndungu says he has nowhere to go and no money to move, so he will stay in the cold and wait.
Others moved into the crowded dwellings of friends and relatives.
The evictions, which started in April, left more than 5,000 people homeless earlier this month in Nairobi's Kariobangi neighborhood.
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