Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Ghana's national security risk?
The government of Ghana has labeled the squatter community known as Sodom and Gomorrah as "a risk to national security" and intends to evict the 40,000 residents and demolish their community, The Daily Graphic (via Joy Online) reports.
A follow up story by peace fm notes that the government intends to push the residents out "without any form of compensation or relocation as earlier planned."
Human Rights advocate, Nana Oye Lithur has spoken out against the forced eviction, saying that the squatters must be offered replacement homes or should take action against the government.
Ghana's government seems to be following a sadly familiar script. Allow the community to fester. Then blame the residents for their material deprivation. Act as if all crime emanates from that one community. And, based on the repugnant defamation of all the residents, make no offer of negotiation, assistance, or compensation.
Wouldn't it be more sensible for the government to offer to redevelop the neighborhood in partnership with the squatters?