[permaculture] Fwd: They’re kicking us off our land to hunt lions

Steve Hart stevenlawrencehart at gmail.com
Thu Apr 4 21:20:12 EDT 2013

I guess many of you are already members of Avaaz...this has just come up
and worth reacting to IMO...so pass it on to all your networks.....Steve

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From: The Maasai community - with Avaaz.org <avaaz at avaaz.org>
Date: 5 April 2013 13:43
Subject: They’re kicking us off our land to hunt lions
To: "stevehart at raglan.co.nz" <stevehart at raglan.co.nz>

Dear friends,


Within hours, *Tanzania's President Kikwete could start evicting tens of
thousands of the Maasai from our land* so hunters can come and kill
leopards and lions. Last time Avaaz raised the alarm, the President shelved
the plan. *Global pressure can stop him again.* Click to help us urgently:

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We are elders of the Maasai from Tanzania, one of Africa’s oldest tribes. *The
government has just announced that it plans to kick thousands of our
families off our lands so that wealthy tourists can use them to shoot lions
and leopards.* The evictions are to begin immediately.

Last year, when word first leaked about this plan, almost one million Avaaz
members rallied to our aid. *Your attention and the storm it created forced
the government to deny the plan, and set them back months.* But the
President has waited for international attention to die down, and now he’s
revived his plan to take our land. We need your help again, urgently.

President Kikwete may not care about us, but he has shown he’ll respond to
global media and public pressure -- to all of you! We may only have
hours. *Please
stand with us to protect our land, our people and our world’s most majestic
animals, and tell everyone before it is too late.* This is our last hope:


Our people have lived off the land in Tanzania and Kenya for centuries. Our
communities respect our fellow animals and protect and preserve the
delicate ecosystem. But the government has for years sought to profit by
giving rich princes and kings from the Middle East access to our land to
kill. In 2009, *when they tried to clear our land to make way for these
hunting sprees, we resisted, and hundreds of us were arrested and
beaten.*Last year, rich princes shot at birds in trees from
helicopters. This
killing goes against everything in our culture.

Now the government has announced it will clear a huge swath of our land to
make way for what it claims will be a wildlife corridor, but many suspect *it’s
just a ruse to give a foreign hunting corporation and the rich tourists it
caters to easier access to shoot at majestic animals.* The government
claims this new arrangement is some sort of accommodation, but its effect
on our people’s way of life will be disastrous. There are thousands of us
who could have our lives uprooted, losing our homes, the land on which our
animals graze, or both.

President Kikwete knows this deal would be controversial with Tanzania’s
tourists - a critical source of national income - and does not want a big
PR disaster. *If we can urgently generate even more global outrage than we
did before, and get the media writing about it, we know it can make him
think twice. Stand with us now* to call on Kikwete to stop the sell off:


This land grab could spell the end for the Maasai in this part of Tanzania
and many of our community have said they would rather die than be forced
from their homes. On behalf of our people and the animals who graze in
these lands, please stand with us to change the mind of our President.

With hope and determination,

The Maasai elders of Ngorongoro District


The Guardian: Maasai fury as plan to lure Arabian Gulf tourists threatens
their ancestral land

allAfrica: Land Grab Could Spell 'The End of the Maasai'

IPP Media: Maasai villagers frustrate efforts to vacate for Ortelo

The Guardian: Tanzania denies plan to evict Maasai for royal hunting ground

The Guardian: “Tourism is a curse to us”

New Internationalist Magazine: “Hunted down”

Society for Threatened People: Briefing on the eviction of the Loliondo

FEMACT: Report by 16 human rights investigators & media on violence in

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