More than 70,000 people were forcibly evicted from their homes in urban areas across East Africa even during the most prevalent months of the COVID-19 pandemic, a global charity said in a new report launched on Wednesday.
The report by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) shows how forced evictions in East Africa are making the lives of vulnerable people even more difficult during the pandemic.
Evelyn Aero, legal assistance regional adviser for the NRC in East Africa said evictions expose vulnerable people to a greater risk of infection as they are forced into more crowded and unsanitary conditions.”Furthermore, evicted people do not have a financial safety net.
Many have already lost their jobs due to the pandemic and find themselves homeless, hungry and at risk of ill-health at a time when we should be working together to protect all populations,” said Aero.According to the charity, evictions in Somalia are a constant threat for vulnerable communities, including displaced populations living in collective settlements and densely populated urban areas.
The report said more than 260,000 people were in 2019 forcibly evicted from their homes, including over 150,000 in Mogadishu alone.