Magazine article New Internationalist

No Man's Land // Review

Magazine article New Internationalist

No Man's Land // Review

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Nomads and the nomadic way of life are under attack - both culturally and physically - by an alliance of governments, farming and conservation lobbies. Travelling through the traditional nomadic lands of Kenya and Tanzania, Monbiot charts the terrible human and ecological degradation caused by the governmental pursuit of tourist dollars.

In a prose that is lucid and unhysterical, the author describes the Kenyan Government's practice of arming the nomads' tribal enemies and encouraging raids upon them. The nomads - whose lifestyle is co - operative and use of resources appropriate - suffer beatings, 'confiscations' and torture at the hands of the land - grabbers.

Their old ways of life are being subverted in innumerable ways. Barter is forcibly replaced by cash, and the land, no longer able to regenerate since the herders cannot move on, is exhausted after just a few months.

Monbiot is not afraid to challenge guilty officialdom - the directors and officials who sanction illegal ploughing of tribal lands and the slaughter of cattle are clearly in the firing line of his criticism. …

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