Kenya Slammed Over Plan to Evict Slum Dwellers

Kenya is being criticised by human rights groups for planning to evict an estimated 50 000 people who live alongside the country’s railway lines

An estimated 50 000 people who live alongside Kenya's railway lines could see their homes destroyed after the government railway gave the squatters 30 days to move, prompting residents to threaten to resist violently.

The government order has received sharp criticism from an international human rights group and from those affected, most of whom are slum dwellers in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

In the same Director of Amnesty International in Kenya, Justus Nyang'aya, has warned that without proper safeguards the evictions will have a devastating impact on people's access to water, sanitation, food and schools and could create a humanitarian emergency.

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