Somalia: Thousands Homeless as Settlements Razed
Government Pledge to Investigate Forced Evictions a Positive Step
Monday 29 January 2018
(Nairobi, January 29, 2018) – Somali security forces using bulldozers have demolished dozens of informal settlements in Mogadishu since late December 2017, leaving thousands homeless, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch analyzed satellite imagery that shows that between December 29 and January 19, 2018, approximately 3,000 shelters were dismantled or destroyed using heavy machinery.
On January 17, the federal minister for planning, investment and development, Gamal Hassan, responded to growing criticism from aid organizations and announced the government would investigate the evictions. The Somali government should credibly investigate security force abuses in the forced evictions, Human Rights Watch said.
"The Somali government needs to take responsibility for the mass forced evictions of these vulnerable, marginalized communities in Mogadishu," said Laetitia Bader, senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch. "A thorough investigation should be followed by concrete steps to ensure that all future evictions are lawful and that anyone