According to a survey conducted on the African continent, one in three Africans is afraid of losing their home.

According to the Index of Global Property Rights, one out of every 3 people living in the African continent thinks they can lose their homes. Two of the five people living in Burkina Faso and Liberia say their homes can be taken by hand.

In West Africa, “a history of governments and investors seizing land for large projects has made people more insecure,” said Malcolm Childress, executive director of the Global Land Alliance, a Washington-based think tank that compiles the index.

Insecurity can lead to people struggling to plan for their futures, holding back entire economies, Childress said.

“In countries like Rwanda, however, which are mapping and registering customary land, that uncertainty is much lower,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, adding that only 8 percent of the country’s respondents feared losing their homes.

Many respondents say they might have to leave their homes because of family disputes as well as their hosts. Women are forced to leave their homes because their husbands are dead.

That gap shows “there is a long way to go in meeting the aspiration of equal economic rights for women worldwide,” said Anna Locke from the Overseas Development Institute, a British think tank that is involved in the index.

11 percent of respondents explain that they can leave the houses mostly because of scarcity of money resources.


Sevdenur Demir / [email protected]