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Title:Eviction of Homelessness: The Impact on African Children
Author:Ochola, Lynette
Year:1996
Periodical:Development in Practice
Volume:6
Issue:4
Period:November
Pages:340-347
Language:English
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Africa
Subjects:children
expropriation
Urbanization and Migration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/0961452961000157944
Abstract:In the coming years, population growth will represent the largest contributor to urban growth in sub-Saharan Africa, seventy percent of which will be among people condemned to live in crowded slum and squatter settlements, without water, sanitation, waste disposal facilities, proper roads or job opportunities. Since they are poor and lack bargaining power, these people fall victim to arbitrary evictions and are thus deprived of their livelihood and environment, for reasons such as industrial growth, land speculation, and the 'beautification' of cities - processes that benefit the rich rather than the poor. In struggles over resources, children suffer most. About 80 million African children are compelled to live in circumstances requiring them to work for their survival, often unprotected and frequently on city streets, without access to healthy shelter. This paper examines the effects of eviction and homelessness on African children and makes recommendations for addressing the problem of homeless street children. Bibliogr.
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