Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Manchay Land Invasion

This past Friday night there was a "land invasion" as they call it here in Manchay. Over night two hills on either side of a large Pentecostal church were marked out for building lots and more than a hundred families started building houses and other structures. We stopped and took these pictures on Monday on our way home from work and then on Tuesday there was another hill that had been taken over.
This practice of squatters moving in on other peoples land is not uncommon here in Manchay, although we have never seen it on this scale before. From what we can gather from asking around town is that this was an organized invasion by young people in Manchay. It is a way for them to get a building lot without buying it. It is illegal and they do run the risk of having the police come in and evicting them.

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