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30 000 Made Homeless In Nairobi After Properties In Kibera Slum Are Bulldozed To Pave Way For Expres

About 30 000 people in Kibera squatter settlement on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, were made homeless after Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) bulldozed their houses in the early morning hours of July 23, 2018, to pave the way for a new expressway. The latter is a by-pass aimed at alleviating Nairobi's chronic traffic congestion.

The demolition has been criticized by some human rights groups including Amnesty International. However, KURA has defended its action, saying affected people were occupying the land illegally, and moreover, they were given a two week notice prior to the demolition.

With a population of 400 000 inhabitants, Kibera is among the largest squatter settlements in Africa. There are rumors that most unemployed new comers to Nairobi often start their new city life in Kibera!

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