GIZ comments on its support to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Districts, Tanzania

Last week, Conservation Watch wrote about the violence that has once again erupted against Maasai indigenous people in Loliondo, northern Tanzania. As a follow up to that post, I wrote to Johannes Schoeneberger, at GIZ the German aid agency, to ask some questions about the GIZ project Sustainable Management of…

The missionary position: Christianity Today’s interview with Mary Ho of All Nations, the organisation that sent John Allen Chau to North Sentinel Island

“My name is John and I love you and Jesus loves you.” That’s what John Allen Chau shouted, in English, to the indigenous people living in voluntary isolation on North Sentinel Island. He had travelled to North Sentinel Island, on a tourist visa, with no permission from the Indian authorities…

East African Court of Justice rules in favour of Maasai villagers and prohibits further evictions – for the time being

In September 2018, the East African Court of Justice awarded a major victory to four Maasai villages in northern Tanzania. The court granted an interim order preventing the government of Tanzania and its agents from evicting villagers from Ololosokwan, Oloirien, Kirtalo, and Arashi in Ngorogoro District, Tanzania.

Fortress conservation in Kahuzi-Biéga National Park: Evictions and extrajudicial killing

The Kahuzi-Biéga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo was established in 1970 by a Belgian photographer and conservationist Adrien Deschryver. In creating the park, almost 6,000 Batwa indigenous people were violently evicted from the area. In 1980, Kahuzi-Biéga became a World Heritage Site. Since 1997, it has been…

Guest Post by Ellie Williams: “I am honey at the top”

The Sengwer are indigenous people who live in the Embobut forest, in the Cherangani Hills, in western Kenya. Since British colonial rule they have faced violent eviction from their traditional lands. In recent years the evictions have intensified. The Kenya Forest Service has carried out repeated evictions – in the…