Displaced By Development: The Impact of Forced Evictions Worldwide

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  • In the Name of Development
  • Nigeria
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Kenya
  • India
  • China
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti


In preparation for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, a number of Brazilian neighborhoods have been razed, evicting thousands of residents and violating existing legislation. WITNESS reported that 170,000 Brazilians are at risk of losing — or have already lost — their homes. In separate incidents in 2009, 130 indigenous Brazilians were evicted from their land prior to its torching, while hundreds of families were forced from a squatters settlement.

(Photo: REUTERS/Samrang Pring)

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