November 27, 2008 (KHARTOUM) — Sudanese police forces demolished some 10,000 homes in a shanty town south of Khartoum, using tear gas to disperse protesting residents.
During the past years, the Khartoum state authorities destroyed thousands of homes in Khartoum suburbs’ camps, which inhabited by displaced from southern Sudan and the war ravaged Darfur.
Khartoum authorities say they want to demolish the slums to relocate residents to permanent, planned housing plots.
Khartoum State police demolished the homes to about 50,000 people in the Mandela slum on Wednesday, a Sudanese official said. “The demolitions were done for the purposes of urban planning,” he further said.
Thousands of police and soldiers have cordoned off the remains of the shanty town, 10 kilometers south of Khartoum, they also turned journalist away from the area.
One of the resident said the police used tear gas to enforce the evacuations.
But the United Nations mission in Sudan in the past criticizes this forcible relocation, saying the authorities have failed to consult the people being moved, and that refugees were being moved to desert areas far from the capital and where there are no services.