Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

August 18, 2023

Maasai Evicted from Homeland for 'Heritage Site' in Tanzania

Ngorongoro is a mixed World Heritage Site, Man and Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO Global Geopark

The Ngorongoro Maasai in open protests to demand the restoration of their ancestral lands and residency rights; and the restoration of the social service programs illegally diverted as part of the starve-them-out-of-Ngorongoro strategy of the Samia regime. Video:

The displacement of the Maasai in Ngorongoro is primarily attributed to the desire to protect wildlife and ecology from the very people who have been its natural environmental conservators for centuries. Despite being praised by world-renowned ecologists for their contribution to preserving wildlife, the Maasai community is being forced out of a land built on solemn pledges and promises that no one would be evicted in the future. The eviction began to escalate under the sixth regime, with President Samia Hassan leading the charge and the state apparatus executing the plan. The government, conservation departments, parliamentarians and media used xenophobic narratives as a means of justifying the eviction of the Maasai from Ngorongoro.
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Group Masaï Ngorongoro area Tanzanie. Biosphoto / Alain Pons

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