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Kenya’s Ogiek People Are Seeing Their Land Rights ‘Brutalised’

Kenya’s Ogiek People Are Seeing Their Land Rights ‘Brutalised’

They came without warning, forcing people from their homes with no time to collect their possessions. A deaf old man was attacked when he didn’t hear the orders to leave. Then the houses were burned to the ground. More than 200 families, all from the indigenous Ogiek minority, were evicted from their homes on the […]

Illegal Mines And Local Mafia Take Shine Off Latin American Gold

Illegal Mines And Local Mafia Take Shine Off Latin American Gold

Oscar was 16 when his cousin “sold” him to the owner of an illegal gold mine deep in Peru’s Amazonian jungle. Life in Madre de Dios – a huge encampment scarred by deforestation and mercury-filled pools – was dirty, desperate and dangerous: food and water were scarce; malaria and yellow fever were rampant; and trafficked […]

Gabon Aims To Cut Yawning Poverty Gap By Ending Its Dependency On Oil

Gabon Aims To Cut Yawning Poverty Gap By Ending Its Dependency On Oil

Gabon is 85% rainforest. Flying over the giant canopy, the miles pass without a glimpse of the forest floor. Then a bald patch emerges. In the clearing in Awala, which has become Africa’s biggest industrial plantation, men in boots tend to thousands of small palm trees in long rows. They are setting the scene for […]

Surge In Gold Prices Brings No Change In Fortune For Madagascar’s Miners

Surge In Gold Prices Brings No Change In Fortune For Madagascar’s Miners

A drumming sound reverberates across the bridge and over the valley: the gold panners are hard at work. Dotted along the edges of a river bed are hundreds of people, rhythmically banging wooden poles into the red earth. They are gold miners “sampling” the dry soil for the precious metal. Crouched alongside them are other […]

Coal India Accused Of Bulldozing Human Rights Amid Production Boom

Coal India Accused Of Bulldozing Human Rights Amid Production Boom

The bulldozer came to Barkuta village at 10am one February morning. Nirupabai was working in the fields when her neighbours called, telling her to rush home. By the time she reached her house it had been reduced to rubble. “I cried, I screamed, trying to save it,” she says, recalling the eviction now two years […]

Liberia Must Pass Land Rights Bill Or Risk Jeopardising Peace, Campaigners Warn

Liberia Must Pass Land Rights Bill Or Risk Jeopardising Peace, Campaigners Warn

Liberia could be plunged back into conflict if a historic land rights bill is not passed by August, civil society groups have warned. The country’s legislature received a bill protecting community land rights in 2014 but has since been silent on the subject. There are concerns that the bill will not be passed under the […]

Tackling Illegal Fishing In Western Africa Could Create 300,000 Jobs

Tackling Illegal Fishing In Western Africa Could Create 300,000 Jobs

If governments in western Africa could end illegal fishing by foreign commercial vessels and build up national fleets and processing industries, they could generate billions of dollars in extra wealth and create around 300,000 jobs, according to a new report (pdf). The devastating, social, economic and human consequences of overfishing in western Africa’s coastal waters […]

Niger Delta Oil Spill Clean-Up Launched – But Could Take Quarter Of a Century

Niger Delta Oil Spill Clean-Up Launched – But Could Take Quarter Of a Century

A $1bn clean-up of one of the world’s most oil-polluted regions will be officially launched on Thursday by the Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari. But it will be at least 18 months before full remedial work starts in Ogoniland in the Niger delta, and possibly 25 years before all the swamps, creeks, fishing grounds and mangroves […]