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Kenya: UN Says Lake Turkana is Endangered

Featured image: Lake Turkana and the River Omo, a lifeline to many tribal peoples, are drying up due to mega dam. © Nicola Bailey/ Survival International, 2015      by Survival International UNESCO added Kenya’s Lake Turkana to its World Heritage Site Endangered List in June, a sign it believes the iconic lake’s survival is at … Continue reading Kenya: UN Says Lake Turkana is Endangered

Salini Engineering reported to OECD over Ethiopia/Kenya dam disaster

By Survival International Survival International has reported Italian engineering giant Salini to the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) over its construction of a controversial dam which is set to destroy the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people in Ethiopia and Kenya. The dam has cut off the Omo river’s regular flooding, which … Continue reading Salini Engineering reported to OECD over Ethiopia/Kenya dam disaster

Ethiopia Cancels Concession for Karaturi Land Grab

Featured image:  Two Anuak women in the Gambella Province of Ethiopia. By Julio Garcia on March 18, 2007. By Cultural Survival On December 28, 2015 Ethiopia’s Agricultural Ministry revoked their contract with Karuturi Global Limited, an Indian company who in 2010 won a concession for 100,000 hectares of land to be developed for industrial agriculture for export … Continue reading Ethiopia Cancels Concession for Karaturi Land Grab

Revival celebrating customary law and sacred natural sites in Bale, Ethiopia

 By Intercontinental Cry Revival, a film from MELCA Ethiopia and The Gaia Foundation, follows a meeting of African Sacred Natural Site Custodians in the stunning highlands of Bale, Ethiopia. There they gathered to celebrate MELCA Ethiopia’s ten years working to revive Sacred Natural Sites and customary law in Ethiopia, to exchange knowledge, stories and experiences. … Continue reading Revival celebrating customary law and sacred natural sites in Bale, Ethiopia

Our Roots, Our Responsibility

INDIGENOUS CUSTODIANS CALL FOR RECOGNITION AND PROTECTION OF SACRED NATURAL SITES By Hannibal Rhoades / Intercontinental Cry Indigenous custodians from Benin, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia have released a powerful new statement outlining the importance of sacred natural sites and governance systems. Emerging out of a biocultural diversity revival movement that’s starting to build serious momentum across … Continue reading Our Roots, Our Responsibility

Standing on Sacred Ground film series

Deep Green Resistance stands with indigenous peoples in defense of their land, for both ethical and practical reasons. It’s simply the right thing to do when people are threatened with theft of their traditional land base. It’s also a highly effective way to preserve what’s left of biodiversity and a living planet. Like any long-term … Continue reading Standing on Sacred Ground film series

Nearly 1000 environmental activists murdered since 2002

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay At least 908 people were murdered for taking a stand to defend the environment between 2002 and 2013, according to a new report today from Global Witness, which shows a dramatic uptick in the murder rate during the past four years. Notably, the report appears on the same day that … Continue reading Nearly 1000 environmental activists murdered since 2002

Ethiopian military killing, repressing indigenous people threatened by megadam

By John Vidal / The Guardian Human rights abuses in Ethiopia’s Lower Omo valley are said to be rampant, with tribal leaders imprisoned, dozens of people killed and troops cracking down on dissent ahead of the building of a massive dam, which is forcing the relocation of some of the most remote tribes in Africa. … Continue reading Ethiopian military killing, repressing indigenous people threatened by megadam

Ethiopian government trying to starve indigenous off land by destroying crops

By Survival International Survival has received disturbing reports from members of several tribes in Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley, which describe how the government is destroying their crops to force them to move off their land into designated resettlement areas. Those most affected by the land grabs are Suri, Bodi and Mursi pastoralists, and the Kwegu … Continue reading Ethiopian government trying to starve indigenous off land by destroying crops

How an indigenous activist has fought to shut down funding for an 800 foot dam in Ethiopia

By Rachel Nuwer / The New York Times At a casual glance, Lake Turkana in northern Kenya may not seem a fount of milk and honey. The temperature around the lake hovers around 100 degrees, and tourists are warned not to approach the water because of the crocodiles and vipers lurking among the volcanic rocks. … Continue reading How an indigenous activist has fought to shut down funding for an 800 foot dam in Ethiopia