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Ghana residents protest home demolitions

Monday, June 22, 2015 - 01:09

Angry Ghanaians take to the streets after government bulldozes homes to prevent floods. Sean Carberry reports.

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STORY: The protest didn't quite reach biblical proportions in the Accra neighborhood of Sodom and Gomorrah. But thousands of residents clashed with police on Monday to prevent any further demolitions in the slum that's home to an estimated 50,000 Ghanaians. City authorities said they were demolishing dwellings within 100 meters of a lagoon next to the neighborhood as part of a flood prevention project. Flood control has become an urgent problem for President John Mahama's government since more than 50 people drowned in floods in early June. Residents of the majority Muslim slum say the government should have at least waited until the end of the holy month of Ramadan before displacing residents. Musah Zian's home was destroyed. He says he hopes the protests send a message that the residents of Sodom and Gomorrah can't be taken for granted. (SOUNDBITE)(English) PROTESTER MUSAH ZIAN, SAYING: "So how do you solve a problem by causing another problem? That is the question we are asking," President Mahama, who faces a reelection battle next year, has promised to relocate the residents.

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Ghana residents protest home demolitions

Monday, June 22, 2015 - 01:09