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Tanzania Maasai evicted from ancestral land
Herders are resisting efforts to drive them from traditional pastures in order to make space for wildlife hunters.
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Lolyondo, Tanzania - The Tanzanian government has ordered thousands of Maasai tribespeople to abandon traditional grazing lands to make way for what they say will be a conservation site.

But the Maasai are refusing to leave their ancestral land. They say the real reason they are being forced out is to give a Dubai-based hunting company exclusive access.

The hunting company says that it will bring clients in for a six-month season to shoot for trophies - and the Maasai can graze their cattle out of season. However, researchers say that the livestock are a part of the area's ecosystem.

Al Jazeera's Peter Greste met the tribe, who maintain that the dispute is not just about land, but about the continuing existence of their way of life.


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Orkoskos Yaile is defying the government and attempting to remain on the land. His blood is in this land, he says. His ancestors are buried here, and he swears he will be too.


Peter Greste/Al Jazeera
Giraffes roam the plains of northern Tanzania, making the area highly attractive to hunters.


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Maasai pastoralists have lived on this land for generations, they say, and are resisting government and corporate efforts to drive them out.


Peter Greste/Al Jazeera
The herders here blame the eviction on OBC, a Dubai-based hunting company, which brings tourists from the Gulf states to shoot the wildlife as trophies.


Peter Greste/Al Jazeera
The government plans to move 30,000 of the Maasai tribe out of the wildlife corridor of 15,000sq km. The hunting firm says it has done nothing wrong, and the herders' flocks will be allowed to graze six months of the year


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Maasai elders called a community meeting to discuss potential steps to avoid moving from their ancestral home.


Peter Greste/Al Jazeera
Thousands came from across the region to hear about negotiations and elders' strategy, but the meeting concluded without a firm agreement.


Peter Greste/Al Jazeera
Despite being pastoralists, Maasai tribespeople also hunt - for food, not trophies.


Peter Greste/Al Jazeera
Masaai women said they were "crying for their lost land", and begged leaders to help allow them to stay.


Peter Greste/Al Jazeera
Some of those gathered at the community meeting told Al Jazeera that they were angry at the Dubai company for creating a rift between the tribe and the government.


Peter Greste/Al Jazeera
More talks between Maasai representatives and the government are expected soon.


Peter Greste/Al Jazeera
Ol Donyo Lengai, an active volcano, provides the spectacular backdrop to the traditional grazing lands. The Maasai argue that the dispute is about more than just land, it is about the future existence of their culture.


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Masaai women said they were "crying for their lost land", and begged leaders to help allow them to stay.

Tue, 07 May 2013 17:44:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Tanzania-Maasai-evicted-from-ancestral-land?image_id=0fXhbxI8R56IYPeter GresteAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Masaai women said they were "crying for their lost land", and begged leaders to help allow them to stay.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Tanzania-Maasai-evicted-from-ancestral-land?image_id=06mAaKLgpje7sSome of those gathered at the community meeting told Al Jazeera that they were angry at the Dubai company for creating a rift between the tribe and the government.Tue, 07 May 2013 17:44:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Tanzania-Maasai-evicted-from-ancestral-land?image_id=06mAaKLgpje7sPeter GresteAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesSome of those gathered at the community meeting told Al Jazeera that they were angry at the Dubai company for creating a rift between the tribe and the government. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Tanzania-Maasai-evicted-from-ancestral-land?image_id=081W0jl4aN3VEMore talks between Maasai representatives and the government are expected soon.Tue, 07 May 2013 17:44:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Tanzania-Maasai-evicted-from-ancestral-land?image_id=081W0jl4aN3VEPeter GresteAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesMore talks between Maasai representatives and the government are expected soon. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Tanzania-Maasai-evicted-from-ancestral-land?image_id=01DC7EgeDS42dOl Donyo Lengai, an active volcano, provides the spectacular backdrop to the traditional grazing lands. The Maasai argue that the dispute is about more than just land, it is about the future existence of their culture.Tue, 07 May 2013 17:44:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Tanzania-Maasai-evicted-from-ancestral-land?image_id=01DC7EgeDS42dPeter GresteAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesOl Donyo Lengai, an active volcano, provides the spectacular backdrop to the traditional grazing lands. The Maasai argue that the dispute is about more than just land, it is about the future existence of their culture.


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