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Masai Tribes Uprooted in Tanzanian Grab For Land
Masai tribespeople have had their houses burned and have been chased away from their villages by riot police.

A development organisation, Cordaid, has claimed the riot police in Tanzania uprooted about 3000 Masai who are now homeless and without access to their livestock.

The organisation has also accused the police of raping Masai women as part of a campaign by the government, which has been trying to get hold of tribal land for commercial hunting and development.

The Tanzanian government recently ordered about 20,000 Masai tribespeople to leave the protected Ngorogoro Conservation Area in north-western Tanzania.

There has been no negotiation over the order, which virtually means the Masai will have nowhere to live or graze their cattle.

At the beginning of 2008, they were forcibly removed from border areas with Kenya after a request from a United States tour operator.
Source: Zambia News
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