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Tanzania tribe evicted from ancestral land

Maasai say they are being forced to leave to make room for hunting company's access to traditional land.

Last Modified: 30 Apr 2013 09:38
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The Tanzanian government has ordered thousands of Masai tribesmen to abandon traditional grazing lands to make way for 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.

Wildlife Instead, the hunting company, says that it will bring clients in for a six-month season 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 reports from Lolyondo in northern Tanzania.

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