Sallah Message from Badia East Evictees
On 18 September 2015, bulldozers suddenly started demolishing hundreds of homes at Ijora Badia East. Thousands were rendered homeless in a matter of hours. The bulldozers worked on 18-19 September and then came back again, under direction of the Lagos State Physical Planning and Development Authority (LSPPDA), on 22 September 2015, moving from Badia East toward Badia West. If the demolition starts again and reaches all the area presently at risk, more than 30,000 people will lose their homes, businesses and community facilities.
24 September 2015 marks a public holiday in honor of Eid-el-Kabir or Sallah. The rains fell heavily at the Badia East eviction site where dozens of women and children sleep under makeshift structures. This is their message.