Oakland, CA—On September 25, 2018, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) awarded a major victory to four Maasai villages fighting for their rights to their land in northern Tanzania. The case revolves around violent government-led evictions of Maasai villagers in Loliondo – which included burning their homes, arbitrary arrest, forced eviction from their villages, […]
Your Excellency, May we, the ICCA Consortium, an international organisation based in Switzerland, offer our warm congratulations on your election by the people of the United Republic of Tanzania. We take great pleasure in noting the immediate and well-received impact that your Presidency has achieved to date. The ICCA Consortium is an international association registered […]
The story of the Maasai of Kiteto District is perhaps best described as a modern-day microcosm of conflict. This is a story that takes place against the backdrop of ongoing social and political tension that is fomented by efforts to commercialize Maasai culture and the media’s increasing portrayal of the Maasai as “barbarians” who need […]
Bugnaux (Switzerland), 5th February, 2015 Ref: Soliciting response to ICCA Consortium letter regarding attempted eviction of Uvinje community of Saadani Village, Pwani, northeast Tanzania Excellencies, We refer to our letter dated August 20, 2014, in which we expressed strong concerns regarding the threatened eviction of the Uvinje villagers from their ancestrally owned coastal land adjacent […]
The Maasai from Tanzania are one of Africa’s oldest tribes. 40,000 Maasai are still at risk of being evicted from their ancestral homelands so that wealthy tourists can use them for elite hunting safaris.
It may seem strange that the impending eviction of the people of the coastal fishing community of Uvinje is attracting outside attention. After all, the agency evicting them—the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA)—is part of a powerful state apparatus built around international conservation tourism, an apparatus that expands its network of parks and game reserves […]
This Consortium alert involves Uvinje, a small, coastal sub-village of Saadani Village, north of Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania. The residents of Uvinje face forced eviction from their land and homes because the Tanzania National Park Authority (TANAPA) has redrawn its boundary lines and unilaterally gazetted Uvinje’s present and ancestral lands to extend the coverage […]
Introduction In this and a second upcoming article, using spatial, document and qualitative analyses[i], I will examine (using 1650 words) the spatial and institutional provisions leading to the creation of Saadani Game Reserve and later the national park, and the current status of alleged illegal habitation by Saadani villagers in their own ancestral lands. This […]
The traditional way of life that centers around livestock herding for food, clothing, materials, and trade, known as pastoralism, has been developed over many centuries as a sustainable livelihood in the world’s arid and semi-arid regions. The pastoral lifestyle was found to be the best way to sustain society in these often harsh areas. As […]
Few people know that, when the Serengeti National Park – the world’s most famous nature reserve – was created in the 50’s and 60’s, the Indigenous Peoples who had lived there in harmony for at least 3000 years, were thrown out. Fifty years later, the government of Tanzania, the tourist industry and conservation organizations, continue […]
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