“In old Maroko everybody live according to their standard. You see most problems that are confronting people here today education, no schools, no good roads, no better housing, no where children can go to have their play or have their meal there.”
In July 1990, more than 300,000 people were forcibly evicted from their homes in the town of Maroko, Lagos State, Nigeria to shanty housing in an area with no schools, no water, no reliable roads, and no stable housing. Over the last 25 years, the Maroko community has sought recognition of and remedies to address the serious violations of domestic and international law that took place during the eviction and since. In 2008, the Maroko community, with the assistance of the Social and Economic Rights Action Centre (SERAC), filed a case before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. This important case is finally due to be heard this month in Banjul, The Gambia.
Since members of the Maroko community are unable to travel to the hearing, the New Media Advocacy Project
have produced a short 6 minute film including interviews with a number of those evicted back in 1990, which documents their struggle over the last 25 years. Watch the film
to hear their stories, and share it to help spread the word.