“When land is lost, do we eat coal?”
“The bulldozer entered our village at 10 am. At the time, many of us had left for our fields and our daily work. Hearing that demolitions had begun, we ran home as fast as we could. By the time I reached, my house had been broken down.
They didn’t even give us time to remove our belongings from our home – everything was destroyed, including a year’s worth of grain. It rained for a week after. In the next two days, we scraped together whatever we could. Our clothes were torn, belongings scattered – we built whatever shelter we could from what remained.
Where Who I understand will do listen we that go? to How us some now? do people we survive? must make sacrifices for the nation, but why must it always be us?”
Nirupabai, forcibly evicted in February 2014 from Barkuta village, Chhattisgarh
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