Last year, activists celebrated as the Tanzanian government back down from selling a reported 1,500 sq kmof land bordering theSerengeti National Park. This land, which is home and history for approximately 40,000 Masaai people, would serve as a commercial hunting and safari company for the United Arab Emirates.
However, the proposal for this ancestral land appears to be a threat once again as the Maasai people are ordered to leave their land by the end of the year. The Maasai have expressed their anger against the government, insisting that taking away their government will strip them of their heritage. Additionally, the people depend on this land for livestock and agriculture, in which case being rid of it will affect roughly 80,000 people, whether directly or indirectly.
The only thing that is different this year is that the government is offering a compensation of 1 billion shillings, which won’t be received directly, but instead used in socio-economic development projects. But is this really enough for inherited land? Can it compare to land that ancestors were buried in and land that is now depended on for survival? Leaders of civil society groups believe that the government never intended to completely drop the proposal, but instead pretended to in order to fool the international press.
Well, the international press has been involved now and activists all around the world are supporting the Maasai with urging written promises from the government instead mere talk. Petitions have been set up so that the public can voice their opinions on the government stealing inherited land for foreign royalty of Dubai to hunt elephants on.
You, too, can have your voice heard with thispetition to show the world that we are listening and we are here to try and help.