June 2005 Operation Murambatsvina or "Restore Order"
The government of Zimbabwe instituted a program of forced evictions and demolitions affecting some 700,000 people and constituting a grave violation of human rights.

Porta Farm, Zimbabwe
The image to the right is that of Porta Farm. During Operation Murambatsvina, the community of Porta Farm was completely wiped out.
Porta Farm
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Amnesty International
  • In 2006 Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), together with American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a grant from the McArthur Foundation, used satellite technology to record hard evidence of housing demolitions in Zimbabwe.
  • The images were included in a highly-publicized 2006 Amnesty report, Shattered Lives - the case of Porta Farm, prepared jointly with the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. Information from the report was presented by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights during litigation in the African Court on Human and People's Rights. The case is still pending.



Pictures from the Ground

Below is the structure count from Porta Farm. Each red dot symbolized a destroyed structure.  
Destroyed image of Porta
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Below is a map detailing locations of the Case Studies.
Map of Zimbabwe
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