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Souapiti: Displaced communities expressed their difficulties to Human Rights Watch

Yasmin Diagne addressed the situation of resettlement and displacement caused by this 450-megawatt project...which "has caused the displacement of about 16,000 people, against 48,000 people initially planned"...the imposing infrastructure "will flood 250.13 Km2 of land including about 42 km2 of crops and more than 550,000 trees", she said...she recalled that "the government has displaced 50 villages in 2019 and has announced its intention to displace dozens more in 2020. »...

...dozens of displaced inhabitants...say they "still had difficulty feeding their families adequately" because "their farmland was flooded. "..." most of the displaced are farmers. They have been cultivating the land for several generations. And they need the land... And because they're displaced, their land has been flooded, they'll have a hard time feeding their families."

The communities recognized that they received assistance, but they considered that it is "insufficient". One of their members said to Human Rights Watch that "we consumed everything in a month. »...

"People are waiting until today for this means of subsistence. " reports Yasmin Diagne, who adds that, "even the first families displaced in 2018 said they have not received any assistance so far to substitute crops or to have new means of subsistence. »

As a recommendation, without delay, "the government should provide immediate assistance. Immediate food and cash assistance," says the Human Rights Watch researcher. She added that "the project should ensure access to information related to resettlement...".

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