Victims of Eviction

A policeman stands guard in front of Lamin’s house in the district of Usera in Madrid, moments before eviction. Activists from the Movement of Mortgage Victims (PAH in its’ Spanish acronym) make the victory sign from the window. Lamin is an immigrant from Mali who came to Spain in 2005. He was evicted on January 18, 2012
Dozens of residents of the neighborhood of Lavapies, Madrid, protest the eviction of Uddin and Hafiz. The Police have closed the street to their house. Uddin and Hafiz, immigrants to Spain from Bangladesh, bought their house in 2007 to be able to live with their families. They were evicted on May 9, 2012.
Monica Ramos and her husband Javier Narváez, immigrants from Ecuador, read the eviction notice in their living room while waiting for the arrival of the judicial commission on February 22, 2012 in Canillejas, Madrid.
Antonio Tomas holds the key to his house hours before being evicted. Antonio Tomas is from Guinea Bissau who has been living in Spain since 2006. In 2009, after years working in construction he bought an apartment in Leganes, Madrid. He was evicted on December 14, 2011.
Moments before their eviction, one of Antonio Tomas’s housemates watches the concentration of protestors and the police deployment through the window. Leganés, Madrid. December 14, 2011.
A policeman accompanies the judicial commission up the stairs of the building where Diallo Abdul Rahim lives, to execute his eviction. Abdul, originally from Guinea Conakry was a construction worker in Madrid and bought a flat in Parla. After losing his job could not continue to pay his mortgage.
Loli covers her face in front of the judicial commission after being handed her eviction order. Loli lives in Getafe with her mother Antonia and her brother. Antonia, 70 years old, has heart problems, and recently stopped paying rent on the apartment partly subsidized by the City of Madrid since 1994. The City of Madrid ordered their eviction.
National police enter Antonio Tomás´s house leading the judicial commission with an order of eviction. Leganés, Madrid. December 14, 2011.
Abdul Ali and Aquter Hoffain, brothers from Bangladesh, moments after being evicted carry their belongings, with the help of several friends, to the home of a relative. Abdul Ali and Aquter Hoffain lived with their wives and, between them, seven children, in an apartment on Calle Zurita in Madrid for the part 7 years. They were evicted on February 2, 2012.
A woman walks in front the window of a real estate office where they list offers for foreclosed apartments. Elipa neighborhood, Madrid. March 5, 2011.



The unrelenting rise in court ordered evictions is, along with unemployment, a major consequence of the current economic crisis in Spain.   From 2007 until today there have been hundreds of thousands of evictions.  In most cases the people being evicted are families whose members have all lost their jobs. Unemployed, and without resources, they are unable to continue mortgage payments.

Olmo Calvo
2011 to 2012

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