Forced eviction and displacement

Children and their families are removed from their homes during the construction of stadiums and facilities for Mega Sporting Events. Displacement increases poverty, divides families and heavily impacts on children who witness their parents being assaulted and their houses torn down. For example in July 2015, Rio City Hall admitted that since 2009 more than 22,000 families had been evicted during preparations for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. As far back as the 1988 Seoul Olympics, 720,000 people were forcibly displaced for stadium and infrastructure development leading up to the Games, while the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games led to the eviction of 300,000 people from city slums. Watch our movie The Fighter to see how Rio Olympics are tearing Naomy’s community apart.