Magazine article New Internationalist

Game over for Hunters

Magazine article New Internationalist

Game over for Hunters

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After a 25-year struggle, Maasai activists are hopeful that they will return to traditional grazing grounds that were lost to big-game trophy hunters.

Last November, Tanzania's newly appointed Natural Resources Minister Hamisi Kigwangalla revoked the licence of a hunting concession granted to the Ortelo Business Corporation (OBC) - which is owned by the Dubai royal family - and ordered the arrest of its CEO on corruption charges.

Back in 1992, the government granted OBC the rights to hunt wild animals such as antelopes, lions and leopards on 4,000 square kilometres of traditional lands of nomadic Maasai herders in Loliondo, which lies east of the Serengeti National Park.

In 2008, the corporation was allowed to take more Maasai land. The following year saw brutal mass evictions with houses burned down and Maasai cattle impounded.

The Maasai have campaigned strongly to return, using a range of awareness-raising methods, including traditional media, online organizing and participatory video - at one point attracting 2. …

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