‘We don’t eat, we don’t sleep’: A message from Kenya on World Habitat Day

Diana Nyakowa holding the Sept/Oct issue of Amnesty’s global magazine, WIRE, which has her picture on the cover. © Private

Recognize this lady? It’s Diana Nyakowa from the Deep Sea slum in Nairobi, Kenya, who’s on the front cover of WIRE September/October! As our campaign to #endforcedevictions in Kenya kicks off today - World Habitat Day - she sent us this message:

“I feel excited because we are fighting an enemy. We are tired of forced evictions every year. We want to force the government to act on land and housing for everyone.

“As women, when we are evicted, we have so many challenges in our lives. Children cry for you to bring them food. Now we live with the threat of a road being built through our homes.

“We don’t eat, we don’t sleep – we just don’t know when the bulldozers will come. We are worried because our Governor Evans Kidero says he’s going to clean Nairobi.

“And we know what he means when he says that: The slums are the dirtiest houses in this city and he wants the investors here, not us.”

Take action

Please support Diana and her community by signing our petition to #endforcedevictions at http://bit.ly/18nKxKx

Find out more

Read ‘Even the rats in my house are worried’, our feature about Diana’s community, Deep Sea, and the recent destruction of another slum in Nairobi, Kenya. See page 4-6 in WIRE September/October.

‘We are like rubbish in this country’: Our new report explains how introducing new laws could help protect people like Diana in Kenya.

Warning: This video could make you furious: How to kick people out of their homes illegally, in five easy steps.

Posted in Kenya, Slums and the Right to Housing, Slums/Housing | Tagged | 2 Comments

  1. saad says:

    WE DO NOT SLEEP DO NOT FEEL COMFORT DO NOT FIND EARS TO HEAR
    QUESION NOW WHERE IS THE TRUTH?

  2. The language of joy and sorrow is one. It does’nt matter where one lives, who or what he is. Human hearts have a natural tendency to feel the pain of others if not then one is an abnormal personality the one who has fallen from the pedestal.

    Birds have nests and animals have dwelling places. Uprooting humans when they have places to go is trampling the notion of dignity of man kind.

    They must be provided for alternative accomodations before they are removed from their hearth and home.

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