The air in Accra is humid and full of dust. After spending days inside heavily air-conditioned conference centres and nearby hotels, you start to forget the realities of city life. Luckily, I got a reminder. On my last day in Accra, I spent the better part of the day in the central city settlement of Old Fadama. Old Fadama has resisted threats of eviction for nearly a decade, with most recent efforts being to reduce the number of homes demolished in light of the upcoming cleaning of the Korle Lagoon (pictured above). Bearing witness to the reality and determination of this community, alongside some of its key leaders, was certainly an experience no conference could compete with.
For a more complete account of the story of Old Fadama, check out my article on the SDI blog.