The problem of homelessness knows no barriers and countries all over the world struggle to combat this awful problem. Africa is no different, as it, too, confronts this troubling predicament.
On the continent, many individuals find themselves without a place to call home, living on the streets, in informal settlements, or overcrowded slums.
However, the degree of homelessness in Africa varies from one region to another. In some countries, homelessness is driven by armed conflicts and internal displacement, as people are forced to flee their homes due to violence or socio-political persecution.
In contrast, urbanization and rapid population growth contribute to homelessness in major African cities, where the scarcity of affordable housing creates significant challenges.
But the root cause of homelessness in Africa is multifaceted. Economic hardships, unemployment, natural disasters, eviction, social factors, political and legal challenges, and a scarcity of affordable housing, are all on the list.
Here is a list of the top 10 African countries with the highest homelessness rates in 2023, according to data from World Population Review: