Swati families depressed a year after eviction

eSwatin young ladies at a reed ceremony

eSwatin young ladies at a reed ceremony

from SAMBULO DUBE in Mbabane, Swaziland
MBABANE, (CAJ News) CHILDREN are distressed and poverty-stricken families are struggling to survive a year after their brutal eviction from a farming area by armed police and bulldozers west of Eswatini.

Some 61 people, including 33 children, were evicted from the Emphetseni area in the Malkerns town in the Manzini region.

Following the demolitions, some evicted residents slept outside in the rain to safeguard their belongings.

Human rights groups lamented that many of those evicted had lost their livelihoods as well as access to the graves of their loved ones.

“The forced evictions in Malkerns have destroyed people’s futures,
including children whose education has been interrupted,” said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s director for Southern Africa.

“The affected families have been thrown into a cycle of poverty that they may never escape. They did not only lose their homes and livelihoods, but deep cultural connections with the land that they have known as their home for over six decades.”

Muchena said some children needed counseling as they suffered nightmares from the brutal eviction.

Amnesty International has called for a nationwide moratorium on mass evictions until adequate legal and procedural safeguards are in place to ensure the exercise complied with domestic and global human rights standards.

“The Eswatini authorities must guarantee people the security of tenure and put an end to forced evictions,” Muchena said.

– CAJ News

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