Residents of some of the eight homes which were destroyed on 16 September later put up tarpaulin where their homes used to be. (c) Nora Lindström
Forced evictions are a major human rights violation facing people living in slums and informal settlements.
Worldwide more than 1 billion people live in slums. For them poor sanitation, polluted water and violence is their every-day life.
Chances that this situation will change are slim because their voices remain unheard by the governmental authorities and powerful corporations.
Housing is a human right we all share. But people living in slums are particularly vulnerable to forced evictions and other violations of the right to adequate housing, because of their lack of security of tenure.
This is why here in New Zealand we will be campaigning for the adoption of national laws to prohibit forced evictions with particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region.
Forced evictions are a growing global problem that is in desperate need for our global movement.