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Colombia quarantine brings evictions for Bogota’s poorest

BOGOTA Jose Ramirez – which net gears compliment a damaged inimitable suitcase set and also a knapsack – is stoical to really paying out night in a untidy playground in the whole miserable reason for Colombia’s funds, Bogota.

Ramirez dropped their as a car driver due to a 19-day coast to coast quarantine bureaucrats hopes will start the development of coronavirus yet now cannot agree to pay the six dollars on a daily basis he must also reside in the tiny create space he titled own home for 5 time period.

“They told me I couldn’t stay because they need to pay public services, they have other obligations,” Ramirez said. “They said they aren’t a kindness and then they will moved me out.”

Hundreds like Ramirez have been thrown out of housing because the lockdown has cut off income streams like street-selling, despite government bans on evictions.

Some five million families in the Andean country are renters, with some people paying as little as $1.20 a night for a bed.

President Ivan Duque said this week he will ban evictions and rent rises during the lockdown and a similar measure is in force in Bogota. But many landlords are not listening.

Some people – including Venezuelan migrants – have been able to return to their housing after interventions by the police, but others remain on the streets.

“The people working there may be servants, they aren’t the owners of the characteristics and these people haven’t planned to communicate with us all,” said Horacio Guerrero, head of ethnic issues for Bogota’s mayor’s office.

Guerrero was organizing temporary housing for a group of 60 people from the Embera Katio indigenous community, including Tintiliano Vitucay and 25 members of his family.

“At nine(9) a.m., owner the house had me confused us into the thoroughfare,” said the 39-year-old Vitucay, who was forced to flee western Choco province three months ago by armed groups which threatened to kill him.

“Our things were left behind we didn’t have a method to drive them out.”

Despite increased welfare payments and other government efforts, help is not reaching everyone.

Juan Jose Higuera has slept on the street since Sunday, after he lost his job selling flowers at the city’s central cemetery and was kicked out of his housing.

Mayor’s office officials said it was unclear where he could be housed.

“I don’t have help from anyone, I don’t have family members, I don’t have anywhere to survive this day, I haven’t taken anything,” said a tearful Higuera, 49. “I want God to accept my existence.”