Imaan (6) does her homework with the help of her mother, Aneefah, in their room at the former Woodstock Hospital in Cape Town, which is now being occupied by over 1,000 squatters. Aneefah's family had nothing but a metal bunk bed when they arrived a year ago, but they have received considerable help from other residents at Cissie Gool House.
Since 2017, the Reclaim the City movement has been supporting the occupation of various abandoned buildings in central Cape Town in order to protest against gentrification and the lack of affordable housing near the city centre, and to provide a refuge for those being evicted from their homes. During the apartheid era non-white residents were forcibly removed from much of central Cape Town. Nearly three decades later the city remains chronically divided along ethnic and socio-economic lines, while South Africa remains the world's most unequal country, according to the World Bank.