Masai Fear Displacement From Ancestral Lands

Maasai elders from the Tanzania and Kenya borders fear tens of thousands of their community could be forced off their ancestral lands to make way for elite tourism and trophy hunting.

Indigenous Maasai communities have looked after the land that trancents the Tanzania and Kenya border for centuries, co-existing peacefully with the wildlife. But successive governments have tried to kick them out of their homes under the guise of tourism and conservation.

They have tried everything, even taking the government to court for violating their rights. But now, public attention has waned and they fear an eviction could happen any moment, destroying their culture, leaving them homeless, and putting wildlife at risk. Politicians are promising to find a “solution”, but losing their lands could mean the extinction of their community.

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