How The World Bank Broke Its Promise to Protect the PoorBeneath a gloomy white sky, more than 100 armed police poured into the slum of Badia East in the teeming megacity of Lagos, Nigeria.
As they advanced, they cracked their batons on the unpaved streets and against the ramshackle walls of the shanties.
“If you love your life, move out!” the officers shouted.
Thousands of people grabbed what belongings they could carry and fled.
Then a line of hulking excavators moved in, using their hydraulic claws to smash homes into pieces. Within hours, the neighborhood was a ruin.
Asia and Africa Resettled
Nearly all of the estimated 3.4 million people who have been physically or economically displaced by World Bank-backed projects between 2004 and 2013 live in Africa or one of three Asian countries: Vietnam, China and India. Read about the data and our methodology here.