Message to the African Wildlife Foundation

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/52192689]Nakuru Lemiruni sends a message to those responsible for evicting the Samburu tribe from their land..

The Samburu of Kisargei, in Kenya’s Laikipia district, were brutally evicted from the lands they call home in 2010 after the land was sold to the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF). AWF, using funds from The Nature Conservancy (TNC), says it bought the land on the understanding that no-one lived there. When the Samburu protested and took the matter to the courts the land was hurriedly ‘gifted’ to the government.

Police chose a Friday “market day” for their attack, when the men were away and only women, elders, and children were in their homes. Fanning out across the 17,000- acre Eland Downs Ranch, police burned the Samburu families’ homes to the ground, along with all their possessions.

Identified in the Kenyan press as “squatters,” the evicted Samburu families petitioned a regional court to recognize their ancestral claims to the land where they lived and grazed their cattle The suit has been filed by the Samburu against the African Wildlife Foundation and the former President.They need money and public support to win.

Tanzania – Charges Against Hadza Defenders Dismissed

Two human rights defenders from the Hadzabe people in Tanzania have been acquitted  by the Mbulu District Court from all charges brought against them in an attempt for revenge, because they had successfully defended the tribal homeland of their people against a corrupt deal. Continue reading “Tanzania – Charges Against Hadza Defenders Dismissed”

Setting an Important Precedent for Indigenous Lands

by: Marta Caravantes, Inter Press Service

Soldiers carry an indigenous man who was shot by armed guards protecting rice fields at the Raposa Serra do Sol reservation in Roraima state, Brazil, in May 2008. The reservation has seen decades of conflicts between indigenous residents and settlers, most of whom are large-scale rice farmers. Continue reading “Setting an Important Precedent for Indigenous Lands”