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Tanzania accused of backtracking over sale of Masai’s ancestral land

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Masai told to leave historic homeland by end of the year so it can become a hunting reserve for the Dubai royal family

 

Tanzania has been accused of reneging on its promise to 40,000 Masai pastoralists by going ahead with plans to evict them and turn their ancestral land into a reserve for the royal family of Dubai to hunt big game.

Activists celebrated last year when the government said it had backed down over a proposed 1,500 sq km “wildlife corridor” bordering the Serengeti national park that would serve a commercial hunting and safari company based in the United Arab Emirates.

Now the deal appears to be back on and the Masai have been ordered to quit their traditional lands by the end of the year. Masai representatives will meet the prime minister, Mizengo Pinda, in Dodoma on Tuesday to express their anger. They insist the sale of the land would rob them of their heritage and directly or indirectly affect the livelihoods of 80,000 people. The area is crucial for grazing livestock on which the nomadic Masai depend.

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Disgraceful, but not a huge surprise.

 

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SHAME!!!!

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This is yet more demoralizing news for conservationists.Will the slaughter ever show any signs of stopping?

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