Over 1,000 slum dwellers homeless after demolishing exercise at Old Fadama

Over 1,000 slum-dwellers at Old Fadama in Accra, have been rendered homeless by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly.

AMA has demolished the wooden structures to pave way for the dredging of the Korle Lagoon.

Some of the affected residents argued that the Assembly should have waited until the lockdown was over.

They added that prior notice was not given ahead of the demolishing.

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“What has happened here is not good at all, because we have been informed about coronavirus and government has asked us to stay home and they have demolished our shelter so now where will we sleep?”

They indicated that the unfortunate incident will make life hard for them in the capital.

They therefore appealed to the government to make arrangements for them to return to their various hometowns.

“At our hometowns, at least we will get a place to sleep and our parents and other relatives can help us survive until the lockdown is over here [Accra].”

They said living in Accra is expensive and due to the lockdown and suspension of many activities, they are suffering.

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“We want to go back to our hometowns because, now we are not working and for this place, you pay for everything.

“Where do you bath, eat and even use the washroom? And now that we are not working, where will we get money to take care of ourselves and children?”

They aired their complains during an interview with Joy News’ Kwesi Parker-Wilson.

Not long ago, over 800 people in some parts of the town became homeless as fire engulfed their homes.

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