Tchavola locality

What is affected
Type of violation Forced eviction
Date 25 March 2010
Region AFL [ Africa lusophone ]
Country Angola
Location Tchavola locality of Lubango, Huila province

Affected persons

Total 19000
Men 0
Women 0
Children 0
Proposed solution
Forced eviction
Housing losses
- Number of homes 3800
- Total value €

Duty holder(s) /responsible party(ies)

Brief narrative

The latest in a series of brutal forced evictions in Angola has left seven people dead and 3800 families homeless. Among the dead were four children aged between four and 12. Riot police swept through a provincial capital, Lubango, clearing neighbourhoods before bulldozers arrived, demolishing houses in minutes. Angolan national television confirmed 3800 families were driven from their homes which were then demolished. The eviction orders allegedly came from the Angolan Government. Evictions occur regularly in the capital, Luanda, in major cities such as Benguela, and in rural communities, Ana Menezes, the Angola programme officer of ACT Alliance member Christian Aid said. “Many houses have been demolished and many people evicted from their land in Angola because they are often in areas very rich in mineral resources or where there are strong economic interests. “‘This is a major humanitarian emergency caused by a human rights violation. Sadly, this is not an isolated case. This is part of a long-term pattern of violent, illegal land evictions and house demolitions,” Ms Menezes said. A staff member of a Christian Aid partner said people in the Tchavola locality of Lubango were sheltering in school precincts or had been forcibly taken to areas with insufficient tents, in heavy rain. “Some have been robbed by bandits at night due to the lack of protection and police supervision,” the staff member, José Patrocínio, said. Christian Aid has written to the Huila provincial governor condemning the demolitions and saying many evicted families have been left in the open–air with their belongings where bad weather was damaging property. Families living in tents have been forced to share with other families. Without water, sanitation, food, medical facilities, and schools, a humanitarian emergency was occurring, the March 25 letter said. Citizens claimed they would not receive compensation. Christian Aid accused the governor of preventing the media reporting. The evictions flouted international laws on evictions, the letter said.

Source: (26 March 2010)

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