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Nigeria Housing Shortage Rising With Slum Demolition: Mortgages

Esther Macully used all of her five-foot frame to face down a bulldozer and save her freezer from being destroyed as a wrecking crew guarded by armed security forces razed her home in Nigeria’s Badia East slum.

While she salvaged the cooler, the 40-year-old is still waiting for the Lagos state government to fulfill a pledge to help replace the home she used as a store to sell beverages and food. The wooden shack was flattened last February along with the dwellings of thousands of others that authorities said were moved for a housing project that’s yet to get off the ground.