The woman was very angry and didn’t want to talk much. She said the developer had offered to buy her a new home. But what if she was home when the destruction took place?
While I was there, one of her neighbors walked in–and elder lady– and her jaw dropped when she saw the destruction. “Yiiii” she exclaimed, using an Arabic expression of shock, while putting her hand over her mouth.
It’s kind of worrying that the woman will be sleeping there tonight, in a lower floor:
As luck would have it I happen to have passed by the woman’s house yesterday. It’s the small green one on the right.
The building next to her is being demolished, probably to make way for another towering luxury development:
Just yesterday afternoon the bottom floor shops were still standing:
Though on the verge of collapse:
But today the shops were razed, along with the woman’s walls:
So how did this happen? How could this happen?
Is there no set of regulations for demolishing buildings? Are there no inspections to make sure the people next door are not affected or hurt?
What if the woman was killed? Would the developer be jailed for involuntary or negligent manslaughter? Or would the millionaires get away free of charge?
How safe is it for the woman to sleep in the remains of the building tonight?
Here’s another picture from Naji of what the building looked like a few weeks ago before it was demolished:
But for how long? How long before developers ‘accidentally’ tear this one down too?