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Tanzania accused of plans to evict Maasai from ancestral land

Tanzania stands accused of going back on its promise not to evict Maasai pastoralists from their ancestral land in order to build a reserve for the Dubai royal family to hunt game meat

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The Tanzanian government is being accused of going back on its promise to prevent the eviction of over 40,000 Maasai pastoralists from their ancestral land. The eviction was to pave way for a reserve for the Dubai royal family to hunt game meat.

The land in question is a 1,500 sq km wildlife corridor which borders the Serengeti National Park. Last year the government backed down from turning the land into a reserve but now seems to be at it again. This time they are offering the Maasai of Tsh 1bn (US$580,200) which will be used in the development of socio-economic projects.

“I feel betrayed. One billion is very little and you cannot compare that with land. It’s inherited,” said Samwel Nangiria, co-ordinator of the local Ngonett civil society group.

Source: Guardian

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