LAGOS, Nigeria — A recent demolition effort in a teeming, floating slum in Nigeria's largest city has some activists fearing the government may try to entirely destroy an area that is home to about 100,000 people.

The Makoko slum rises out of the murky lagoon water separating mainland Nigeria from Lagos' islands. A government-led eviction last week that saw men in speedboats destroy homes with machetes there left about 3,000 people homeless.

Some say the government's warnings about the demolition make it sound like the state wants to entirely destroy the area. But those in Makoko have created their own life independent from the state, with its own schools and clinics, however ill-equipped.

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  • In this photo taken Thursday, July 26, 2012, a family sit at the ruins of their demolished stilts house at Makoko in Lagos, Nigeria. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

  • In this photo taken Thursday, July 26, 2012, a child stand in front of his demolished stilt house at Makoko in Lagos, Nigeria. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

  • In this photo taken Thursday, July 26, 2012, a woman gestures as she smokes fish at her demolished stilts house at Makoko in Lagos, Nigeria. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

  • In this photo taken Thursday, July 26, 2012, A man paddles a canoe past demolished stilts houses at Makoko in Lagos, Nigeria. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

  • In this photo taken Thursday, July 26, 2012, a woman walks on ruins of her demolished stilts houses at Makoko in Lagos, Nigeria. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

  • In this photo taken Thursday, July 26, 2012, a woman paddles a canoe past stilt houses at Makoko in Lagos, Nigeria. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)