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Women and Ethiopia's politics of home demolitions - African Arguments
The flattening of homes in Legetafo Legedadi has caused havoc for thousands. As usual, the poor and women are the worst affected. On 19 February, bulldozers descended on Legetafo Legedadi, on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, and began demolishing over 3,000 homes. With little warning, thousands of people were made homeless and businesses were left in ruins. The local administration said this was the start of a plan to tear down 12,000 settlements in the coming months. Several residents – many of whom are now stranded in church compounds or staying in cold shelters with meagre sanitation, food …