[Sayma-Discuss] [Fwd: [Qewdiscussions] Fwd: They're kicking them off their land]

Geeta Jyothi McGahey mcgahey at yancey.main.nc.us
Sun Aug 19 14:48:44 EDT 2012


Dear Frieneds
While in Kenya, the world conference of Friends sent out the Kabarak
call for peace and eco-justice.
http://saltandlight2012.org/kabarak-call-peace-and-ecojustice
Below highlights one of the peace and justice issues.
GeetaJyothi
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Subject: [Qewdiscussions] Fwd: They're kicking them off their land
From:    "Jim Kessler" <jkkessler at iowatelecom.net>
Date:    Sun, August 12, 2012 4:49 pm
To:      "This is a general discussion group open to Quaker
Earthcare Witness  supporters to discuss issues related to our faith
and earthcare  and is replacing previous QEW discussions at yahoo
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Dear QEW Friends,

Here is a chance to influence the President of Tanzania to reverse a
possible land grab from the Maasai people by misuse of Middle
Eastern oil money.  It sounds like one of the QEW issues we've been
talking about.  What an incredible egregious injustice this would be
to an indigenous people group!  It is simply thinly disguised
colonialism in a
contemporary form.  Please take the time to sign on to this petition
to increase media pressure to stop this from happening.  Hopefully
the links will work for you.  On another note, it was gratifying to
see a Maasia youth from Kenya win a Gold Medal in the Olympics
recently.  I always follow Kenyan events with interest because of
the strong Quaker presence there. Since I was a distance runner in
high school and
college, I follow the Olympic distance events with great interest.
Watching races brings back many fond memories of times past to me.

Jim Kessler
jkkessler at iowatelecom.net


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Subject: 	They're kicking them off their land
Date: 	Sun, 12 Aug 2012 10:22:06 -0400
From: 	Sam Barratt - Avaaz.org <avaaz at avaaz.org>
To: 	jkkessler at iowatelecom.net <jkkessler at iowatelecom.net>



Avaaz.org - The World in Action Dear friends,

<http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_maasai/?bBqumcb&v=17053>

*Middle Eastern kings and princes are about to force up to 48,000
people
in Tanzania from their land* to make way for corporate-sponsored big
game hunting. But Tanzanian President Kikwete has shown before that
he will stop deals like this when they generate negative press
coverage. Click to *deliver a media blitz that will push President
Kikwete to stop
the landgrab and save these Maasai*.

Sign the petition
<http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_maasai/?bBqumcb&v=17053>

*At any moment, a big-game hunting corporation could sign a deal
which would force up to 48,000 members of Africa's famous Maasai
tribe from their land* to make way for wealthy Middle Eastern kings
and princes to hunt lions and leopards. Experts say the Tanzanian
President's approval of the deal may be imminent, but if we act now,
we can stop this
sell-off of the Serengeti.

The last time this same corporation pushed the Maasai off their land
to make way for rich hunters, *people were beaten by the police,
their homes were burnt to a cinder and their livestock died of
starvation.* But when a press controversy followed, Tanzanian
President Kikwete reversed course and returned the Maasai to their
land. This time, there hasn't been a big press controversy yet, but
we can change that and force Kikwete to stop the deal if we join our
voices now.

If 150,000 of us sign, *media outlets in Tanzania and around the
world will be blitzed so President Kikwete gets the message to
rethink this deadly deal.* Sign the petition now and send to
everyone:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_maasai/?bBqumcb&v=17053

The Maasai are semi-nomadic herders who have lived in Tanzania and
Kenya
for centuries, playing a critical role in preserving the delicate
ecosystem. But to royal families from the United Arab Emirates,
they're an obstacle to luxurious animal shooting sprees. *A deal to
evict the Maasai to make way for rich foreign hunters is as bad for
wildlife as it
is for the communities it would destroy.* While President Kikwete is
talking to favoured local elites to sell them on the deal as good
for development, the vast majority of people just want to keep the
land that
they know the President can take by decree.

*President Kikwete knows that this deal would be controversial with
Tanzania's tourists* -- a critical source of national income -- *and
is therefore trying to keep it from the public eye.* In 2009, a
similar royal landgrab in the area executed by the same corporation
that is swooping in this time generated global media coverage that
helped to roll it back. If we can generate the same level of
attention, we know the pressure can work.

A petition signed by thousands can force all the major global media
bureaus in East Africa and Tanzania to blow up this controversial
deal. *Sign now to call on Kikwete to kill the deal*:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_maasai/?bBqumcb&v=17053

Representatives from the Maasai community today urgently appealed to
Avaaz to raise the global alarm call and save their land. Time and
again, the incredible response from this amazing community turns
seemingly lost causes into legacies that last a lifetime. Lets
protect the Maasai and save the animals for tourists that want to
shoot them with camera lenses, rather than lethal weapons!

With hope and determination,

Sam, Meredith, Luis, Aldine, Diego, Ricken and the rest of the Avaaz
team


For More Information:

The Guardian: “Tourism is a curse to us”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/06/masai-tribesman-tanzania-tourism


News Internationalist Magazine: “Hunted down”
http://www.newint.org/columns/currents/2009/12/01/tanzania/

Society for Threatened People: Briefing on the eviction of the
Loliondo Maasai
http://lib.ohchr.org/HRBodies/UPR/Documents/session12/TZ/STP-SocietyThreatenedPeople-eng.pdf


FEMACT: Report by 16 human rights investigators & media on violence
in Loliondo
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/58956/print

Voices of Loliondo: Short film from Loliondo on impact of eviction
on Maasai
http://vimeo.com/35311385


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