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Groups: Tanzania government kicking Maasai off land

A Maasai tribesman walks on Shela beach in Lamu, an island in the Indian Ocean off the northern coast of Kenya March 26, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

NAIROBI: Activists say Tanzania's government is preparing to kick Maasai tribesmen off their land near the country's most famous wildlife park to allow a company from the United Arab Emirates to use the land for hunting.

Tanzania's Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism announced last week it is shrinking the size of the Loliondo Game Controlled Areas.

Sarah Gilbertz of Survival International said the land is leased to the Ortello Business Corporation of the United Arab Emirates to use for trophy hunting.

Will Davies, spokesman for the activist group Avaaz, said up to 68,000 Maasai villagers could be driven off their land. Avaaz posted a petition on its website to help the Maasai. It had more than 1.1 million signatures Friday.

 

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