On the outskirts of Accra, alongside the Odaw River and the Korle Lagoon, lies the slum of Old Fadama. Pejoratively referred to by many Ghanaians as a modern-day “Sodom and Gomorrah”, Old Fadama is said to be home to around 80,000 people, making it Ghana’s biggest slum.
Residents of Old Fadama tell our reporter Isaac Otoo how successive governments have failed to give them the necessary attention they deserve.
According to them, they’ve not benefited from the government’s Zongo development fund.
Slums are universally assumed to be the worst places for people to live in, and it is often taken for granted that the livelihood situations of slum communities are also uniform and homogenous.
A distinctive feature of slum communities is the pursuance of multiple livelihood strategies that are tied to migration.
The news team visited the Old Fadama, Ghana’s biggest informal settlement where over 40,000 Ghanaians inhabit without the security of tenure and under the constant threat of forced eviction.
The population of Old fadama consists of economic migrants from northern and rural parts of Ghana, where living standards are growing worse, causing people to move to urban settings, such as Old Fadama.
Residents of Old Fadama are bemoaning the government’s negligence; according to them successive governments have failed to give them the necessary attention they deserve.
Alhassan Yunus, expresses dissatisfaction over the demolition exercise carried by the AMA some months ago.
Iddrisu Abdul Mubarak lamented over the heap of refuse dredged from the korle-lagoon which has being left unconcerned and very detrimental to their health.
Mukaila Mohammed Issah said he doesn’t believe the Zongo development fund is in existence as they’ve been left at the mercy of the whether after their structures were demolished.
Sensitization on COVID-19 never happened at Old Fadama he added.
Story by Isaac Otoo