Keyword: Urban Risk

Global: Taking on the land-grabbers

Property developers in Indonesia and Thailand moved in quickly after the 2004 Tsunami, snapping up land from those relocated into resettlement camps to build luxury resorts, further squeezing the livelihoods of the poor. Land grabbing happened after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the Haiti earthquake, and after cyclones and floods in the Philippines, according to the World Disasters Report 2010 (WDR).

NEPAL: Fears of violence during expected Kathmandu squatter eviction

Thousands of landless squatters turned out in protest (Photo: Naresh Newar/IRIN) A Nepalese government development plan for Kathmandu could lead to violence as the authorities seek to evict some 40 squatter settlements with an estimated population of over 20,000 of landless squatters, the support group Lumanti say.  “We are ready to kill ourselves to stop government bulldozers. This is a life or death situation,” said Saru Magar, a landless squatter, who has been living at Bansighat settlement in the city centre for over 30 years.

Rent to tent and back again

An urban neighborhood in Tripoli, north Lebanon, is home to both Syrian refugees and locals - Amelia Rule/CARE International LONDON/ERBIL, 12 October 2015 (IRIN) - Readying a fundraiser for an Aleppo hospital, a London boutique owner expressed her concern about the Syrian refugees who’ve fled to neighbouring countries: “They’re living in camps over there, aren’t they?”