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PEOPLE LIVE HERE: WEEK OF ACTION TO END FORCED EVICTIONS IN AFRICA

By Amnesty International
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NAIROBI, Kenya, March 20, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- You are cordially invited to attend/cover the events that will take place in Nairobi as part of our Week of Action for the right to adequate housing and an end to forced evictions in Africa.

Public rallies are happening all over the continent and coincide with the African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Development (AMCHUD) which takes place in Nairobi from March 20-23. In total thousands of slum dwellers from all over Africa will come together to make sure their voices are heard by housing ministers and heads of state attending the conference.

22 March 2012, Aberdare Room, KICC

8.30am Press conference and refreshments

Amnesty International has invited informal settlement residents from Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, and Zimbabwe to a “People Live Here” public forum which will be held in the same venue as AMCHUD to give slum residents from across the continent the opportunity to present the key concerns and demands from their communities.

The conference will also feature a photo stunt where 54 delegates from slums (representing each African nation) will form a housing symbol.

8am – 9am: Press conference and Q and A with media will open the public forum. Informal settlement residents from Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria will be available as well as Amnesty International experts.

24 March 2012, Kibera, near Olympic Primary School 8am Launch of People Live Here hot air balloon and roadshow

The day will begin with the launch of a hot air balloon 150 metres above Kibera emblazoned with the message 'People Live Here.'

An Amnesty International caravan will then snake through Kibera and Mukuru featuring music, speakers and local celebrities making stops to perform in front of hundreds of informal settlement residents and asking them to sign the petition. Transport for journalists available.