***Two new blogs from South Africa’s shackdweller movement. The Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign is an umbrella body for 15 community organisations. The body was formed in 2000 with the aim of
of fighting evictions, water cut-offs and poor health services, obtaining free electricity, securing decent housing, and opposing police brutality.
***Shackdwellers: Housing Struggles Worldwide is a collection of feeds from housing movements world wide some general movement reports and a little commentary. This is a work in progress which also supports Abahlali, Ota Benga Alliance (DR of Congo) and Fazel Khan who was dismissed in 2006 for criticising the University of KwaZula Natal – the site reports on lack of academic freedom and freedom of expression in South African universities.
***More food riots in Haiti. The riots started in Les Cayes and have now spread to Port-au-Prince and Gonaives as up to Cap Haitian. UN forces have been deployed on the streets and at least 5 people have been killed with more injured.
* The cost of staples such as rice, beans, food and condensed milk have increased by 50%. The majority of Haitians (80% of the population) live below the poverty line and most of Haiti’s food is imported.
* Humanitarian aid has been held up in customs, with much simply rotting. .
* Oh and of course, the Haitian government is broke, flat broke.
shot in the war zones of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), shatters the silence that surrounds the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. Many tens of thousands of women and girls have been systematically kidnapped, raped, mutilated and tortured by soldiers from both foreign militias and the Congolese army. A survivor of gang rape herself, Emmy Award®-winning filmmaker Lisa F. Jackson travels through the DRC to understand what is happening and why.