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SOS Habitat says that demolitions in Angola have decreased but there are families who continue to live in the open

The coordinator of the Angolan non-governmental organization SOS Habitat said this Friday, in Luanda, that demolitions have decreased, due to the lack of financial capacity of potential investors, but the violation of the rights of families whose houses were demolished persists.

: DW/N. Sul d'Angola
DW/N. Sul d'Angola  

According to Rafael Morais, many families continue to live in the open air and, in rainy weather, the situation worsens.

"Demolitions have decreased because we saw that people who had financial power, at that time, today no longer have that money to continue carrying out works. We are seeing many places that were previously occupied, now abandoned, are not being continued because they no longer have money, taking into account that the money they obtained is presumed to have been illicitly", he declared.​​​​​​​

"Demolition is the last process that should happen, it is a process that respects clauses, I am talking about the process of notifying families, registering families, finding alternative housing and, finally, demolishing, which should only happen when the targeted location is for the construction of a public asset. When it is for a private asset, the case must be handed over to the court", he said.

The activist stressed that, in Angola, the opposite happens, demolitions are carried out with the sole purpose of serving a private party, "and families are left in the open, there is no legal procedure to carry out monitoring", in other words, "guarantee the well-being of the family."

"There are children, elderly people, who today find themselves in an increasingly difficult situation. We have [areas of Luanda] Zango, Areia Branca, in this situation, in Quiçama, in Vida Pacífica, places where the Government resettled these families, who they don't have houses, they continue to face a difficult situation", he highlighted.

Rafael Morais defended that, for people who live in sheet metal houses, the Government should create lots for self-construction and said that, despite the reduction in demolitions, they continue to happen, mainly in the provinces of Benguela, Huambo and Luanda.​​​ ​​​​

The human rights defender called on the Government for the houses that were recovered by the State, as part of the fight against corruption, to be handed over to families interested in continuing the works themselves.

"For example, in Kilamba, in Vida Pacífica, there are abandoned projects. These houses must be delivered mainly to low-income families. The Government is building centralities, but they are for middle-income families and we have low-income families who also need The Government has to look mainly at these families", he stressed.


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