Rare Opportunity for Justice in Maroko Eviction Case

Watch and Share N-Map’s Film to Support Justice for Maroko

In July 1990 the Nigerian government forcibly evicted more than 300,000 people from the town of Maroko in Lagos, Nigeria. After losing their homes and livelihoods, and suffering severe physical violence during the chaotic eviction, the community has received no compensation or justice for 25 years.

Tomorrow, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights will hear a case filed by the Maroko community in 2008. The hearing is the community’s last chance to appeal for justice after being denied a fair trial in Nigeria for decades.

In October 2015, N-Map traveled with renowned filmmaker and photojournalist Ed Kashi to create this six-minute film to be shown to the African Commission.

Since members of the Maroko community are unable to travel to the hearing in Banjul, The Gambia, the film includes interviews with a number of those evicted in 1990 and documents their struggle over the last 25 years.The film seeks to ensure the voices of those who suffered abuse are heard as the African Commission decides the case.

Please watch and share the film on social media to let the African Commission know that the world is watching and expecting justice for the Maroko community. 

Thank you to our partners the Social and Economic Rights Action Center (SERAC) in Lagos, who worked with the Maroko community to file the case, and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, which has been representing SERAC in the action against the Nigerian government since 2008.

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