Maasai evicted so Dubai can hunt lions

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Tanzania is about to evict 40,000 Maasai from their ancestral land which borders Kenya just for a game park. The game park is for the royal family of Dubai. Just last year, the Tanzanian government rejected a United Arab Emirates commercial hunting and fishing company who wanted to use 1,500 sq km of a wildlife corridor next to the Serengeti Park. The deal is back though and the Maasai have been told to leave their ancestral land by the end of 2014. This is happening just so the royal family of Dubai can hunt endangered game including lions and elephants.

Representatives from the Maasai are meeting with the government to discuss the decision and you can support them here. The government is trying to side step the situation by offering them 1 billion shillings. The money won’t go to the Maasai either, but rather to economic development programs. The fact of the matter is that the piece of land is sacred to them. Their ancestors migrated through the corridor and many are buried there. The Tanzanian government has obviously been swayed by the money that the Ortelo Business Corporation (OBC) is offering (the Dubai royal family safari company).

Tribal leaders are not happy. The deal will take their sacred land which will also affect not only livestock but over 80,000 people in the area.

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