Cameroon: Looking for a shelter

Everybody has the right to have a house (shelter). We all know that. But when we look around us, particularly for those who live in Africa, we observe that, this is one of the less respected human rights.

What’s happening in Kibera the bigest slum in Nairobi, Kenya, has some similarities with something that happened here in Yaoundé, Cameroon, last year.

Due to the will of the Urban Council to implement urbanisation projects/programs, through its projects named Yaoundé Horizon 2020 (Schéma Directeur d’Aménagement et d’Urbanisme – SDAU ) (in French) , many slums have been destroyed, particularly in areas like Ntaba, Ekoudou (some of the most populated slums in Yaoundé) and hundreds of people soon became homeless.

Same scenario took place in Douala (the economic capital of Cameroon), where people, and whole families have been skedaddled out the University neighbourhood in March 2010 by the Urban Council too. Of course! Here, by doing this, they pretended that the University needed new buildings which should be built sooner, for academic purposes. I’m not against the fact that they want to extend the University. But…

I think, the real problem is not just about the fact that hundreds of people are displaced, but about their RELOCATION. Because here in Cameroon, like in some other african countries, there were no relocation plan, and those people at a moment’s notice, became homeless…and most of them are still homeless now. Isn’t that an injustice?

And till now, most of those displaced people have been neither indemnified nor relocated.

I can’t even imagine how it feels like (for them) to live in such a frame of mind. Aren’t they humans like all of us?