BLACK VOICES

World Bank Breaks Its Own Rules As Millions Lose Land And Livelihoods

People walk past shanty homes at Badia East slums in Lagos on August 12, 2013. Forced evictions in Nigeria's largest city Lag
People walk past shanty homes at Badia East slums in Lagos on August 12, 2013. Forced evictions in Nigeria's largest city Lagos have cost around 9,000 people their homes or livelihoods, Amnesty International and a local rights group said in a report Monday. A new report by Amnesty International and the Social and Economic Rights Action Centre (SERAC), call for an immediate end to mass evictions in Lagos state until safeguards have been put in place to protect people from forced eviction. The report highlights the devastating impacts of the forced evictions on the residents? lives. Many women whose small businesses were demolished on 23 February described how they are now dependent on family and friends for basic necessities. Some said that they are suffering from malaria or typhoid after living in the open but can no longer afford to pay for medicines and treatment. AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

The World Bank has repeatedly violated its own policies on protecting the rights of indigenous people by funding projects that resulted in nearly 3.4 million slum-dwellers, farmers and villagers losing their land or having their livelihoods damaged over the past decade, according to documents seen by the Guardian.

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