Accra (Ghana): Proud of being a squatter

“What we all want is to live with dignity. This means for me to be able to be proud of who I am – a slum dweller.”

Those are the words of Bright Dzila, a resident of Old Fadama, the largest shantytown in Accra.

Think Africa Press offers a sympathetic account of the decade-long fight this neighborhood of 80,000 people alongside the Odaw River and the Korle Lagoon has been waging to stave off eviction and be allowed to live in freedom and dignity.

[Source: Squattercity.]


Accra (Ghana): Fire in Sodom & Gomorrah

December 24th, 2009

The Accra squatter community known as Sodom & Gomorrah has had its fourth fire of the year [on december 22nd, 2009]. This one claimed 2,000 structures, but no lives, Joy Online reports:


The squatters “had difficulty accessing water to bring the fire under control, because some of the [water] pipelines had been disconnected because they had been illegally connected”, the article reports.

This, of course, is a form of official discrimination against these communities. Don’t provide water and don’t allow illegal connections to function either. This policy marks a war of attrition against squatters.