A popular African proverb says that if the wind blows, the fowl’s buttocks will be exposed to public view. This is exactly the case of Ghana in this case scenario! Researches on housing and sanitation necessitated by the fatal June, 2015 gas station explosion and deadly flooding, has gone a long way in exposing the hind and very ugly parts of Ghana. It is true that the government have since commenced taking some measures to make the situation better, we cannot completely ignore the very existence of these nasty and nauseating places.
A slum according to the oxford dictionary is a squalid and overcrowded urban street or district inhabited by very poor people, but I think that the disgusting nature of these unhealthy squatter settlements in Ghana have exceeded this definition. It is almost unbelievable, that the scenes that will soon greet your sight in this article are residential areas in the highly esteemed capital city of Ghana and other areas.
Human beings are evidently living in the loathsome arms of filth, disease, untold discomfort and all sorts of vices. Comparing the vile and repulsive nature of these places and the beauty of the developed areas in the country, one begins to wonder if there is any fairness in the whole play, both on the part of the government and that of the masses. Have a look at the worst places you can hardly imagine exist in our beautiful, most loved motherland, Ghana.
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1. Fadama (Sodom and Gomorrah)
Sodom and Gomorrah, otherwise known as Old Fadama, is located at the heart of the capital city and along the catchment area of the Korle Lagoon, one of Accra’s most polluted wetlands. All over the world, cities located along river banks are attractive and serve as useful tourist sites, without any debris or waste finding their way into them. But it’s quite unfortunate that the same cannot be said of what is obtainable in this country. A countless number of water bodies, notable among them the Odaw and the Kpeshie Lagoon, have been allowed to die unnatural deaths through the residents’ own bad ways of life.
Just like the inhabitants of the biblical Sodom and Gomorrah, the over 90,000 residents of this area, with their filthy lifestyle have handicapped the government from doing anything meaningful for them over the years, but thanks to the recent bold step of the government after the last fire and flood disaster. Like God, they have decided to take the bull by the horns despite the people’s protests by demolishing the worst parts Old Fadama, aka, Sodom and Gomorrah!