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The Tonga People in Zimbabwe: A forgotten people. 

For many years the Tonga people (a semi-nomadic people) lived peacefully along both sides of the Zambezi River in North-Western Zimbabwe. They cultivated alluvial soils based on recession agriculture which depended on the flood regime of the river. The Tonga people could harvest crops twice a year and were seldom afflicted by hunger and famine. The river valley provided them with wild animals as...

Botswana: The Unique Dance of Vekuhane 

The Basubiya are a rivering community (banoka in Setswana) found along river banks of the chobe. They have many cultural festivals where they sing and dance. They share similar attributes with wayeyi of the Okavango Delta, like what they eat and their lifestyles.The Basubiya wear two piece clothing called mushishi. When they dance they move the waist either way to throw the ‘skirt’...

Our Dance, Our Identity 

The Wayeyi are a rivering community found along river banks of the Okavango Delta, Botswana. They have many cultural festivals where they sing and dance. The Wayeyi wear leather dresses called mojamboro. They also wear dresses called mawayawaya which are made using reeds. The Wayeyi have many different dances, namely matoti, kharakhara and mudokota.The staple food is called mwende (tswii), a delicious...

Conservation and Sustainable Development at Krast area in Kien Luong District 

From October 7th- 8th 2009, Center for Biodiversity and Development (CBD) coordinated with People Committee in 4 communes in towns including Binh An, Duong Hoa, Binh Tri and Kien Luong to organize the community workshop “Conservation and Sustainable Development at Krast area in Kien Luong district” in Kien Luong district, Kien Giang province of Mekong Delta, Vietnam. This workshop was funded by the...

40 Years Protecting Minorities 

On Thursday 11th February 2010 MRG celebrated its 40 year anniversary with an exciting literary event at Foyles in London. Distinguished authors Roma Tearne and Louise Doughty reflected on how minority issues have informed or affected their lives and work. The event was chaired brilliantly by BBC Special News Correspondent Razia Iqbal. MRG was founded on the belief that minorities should be represented...

Colombia: Ruta Pacífica rechaza acciones guerreristas contra organizaciones de mujeres y defensoras de Derechos Humanos 

Las intimidaciones provienen de las Águilas Negras, grupo al margen de la ley que declara objetivo militar a movimientos y ciudadanos que, según sus argumentos, obstaculizan las políticas del Gobierno Nacional. Amenazas son dirigidas a lideresas y organizaciones de mujeres, especialmente indígenas, afrodescendientes y de población desplazada. Bogotá, 24 de mayo de 2010. – Ante el incremento de las amenazas...

Malawi to celebrate World Mother Language Day 

Malawi will on 15th May this month celebrate World Mother Language Day to be held at Mzuzu Stadium. Briefing journalists on Monday, chairperson of the celebrations Ndabazake Thole said the celebration will help to encourage indigenous languages among the people. “We will also launch advocacy for promotion, development and use of indigenous languages in Malawi,” said Thole. He said the world...

Meet the Activists: Esther Somoire 

MRG’s Web and Production Editor, Kristen Harrison, met Esther Somoire at the Minority Voices Training in Botswana. Esther is the founder of Centre for Indigenous Women and Children (CIWOCH), a community-based organisation working primarily with the Maasai communities of Southern Kenya. The Maasai are a pastoralist people with a strong and vibrant culture. As nomadic people, most Maasai move from place to...

Cambodia: Evictions from around the Boeung Kak Lake 

MRG’s Carl Soderbergh and Vuthy Eang (Bridges across Borders) talk about the eviction of more than 1 000 families in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Peoples including the Muslim Cham minorities had been living around a lake called the Boeung Kak Lake in the centre of town until the government granted a 99 years lease to a corporation to use the land for commercial purposes. The...

Uganda: Batwa Sounds 

According to Batwa tradition, families and friends gather around a fire and sing songs of courage, perseverance or to celebrate something good to the community. The songs are celebrating hope and dreams and builds community morale to be strong and resilient. The only sad thing is that the language they are singing in is Lufumbira which belongs to Bafumbira, a majority tribe found...

Bangladesh: Government closes down project for human rights defenders 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in July 2010.In this recording: Sazzad Hussain from Odhikar tells us how the government of Bangladesh tried to close down their project on training human rights defenders. In the framework of this project, parliamentarians, jail authorities, heads of district administration and police, lawyers, local journalists and members of NGOs and civil society...

Kenya&EU: Maasai activist advocates for participation in EU development projects 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording: Esther Somoire, executive director of CIWOCH, an organisation representing the interests of the Maasai community gives the perspective of a community-based organisation in Kenya when it comes to relations with the European Commission. Esther gives various reasons why the participation of community-based organisations (CBOs) in EU project...

Kenya&EU: Maasai activist compares financing procedures of USAID and EC funds 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording: Esther Somoire, executive director of CIWOCH, an organisation representing the interests of the Maasai community gives the perspective of a community-based organisation in Kenya when it comes to relations with the European Commission. In this excerpt, she compares the financing procedures of the USAID and the EC funds.ContactFor...

Kenya&EU: Maasai activist says access is limited to EC delegations in Kenya 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:Esther Somoire, executive director of CIWOCH, an organisation representing the interests of the Maasai community gives the perspective of a community-based organisation in Kenya when it comes to relations with the European Commission. In this excerpt, she brings up an example from Kenya about the mismanagement of an...

Kenya&EU: Maasai activits and EC representative discuss EC 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording: This is an excerpt from the plenary ‘Liaison between the civil society of developing countries and the European Commission’. Esther Somoire, executive director of CIWOCH, an organisation representing the interests of the Maasai community gives the perspective of a community-based organisation in Kenya when it comes to...

EU: Farah Mihlar discusses what difficulties minorities and indigenous peoples face when doing advocacy 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:MRG’s Farah Mihlar is talking about what difficulties minorities and indigenous peoples face when doing advocacy: minorities live far away from the cities where EU in-country delegations are settled, their capacity is lower compared to national organisations and moreover, their life can be threatened in conflict areas if...

EU: EC representative discusses the role of EC delegations on the ground 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:This is an excerpt from the plenary ‘Liaison between the civil society of developing countries and the European Commission’. Pieter Bangma, the Civil Society and NGO Liaison Officer from the DG Dev of the European Commission gives an insight into his work with special regards to the role...

EU: We report back - Minorities and Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on EU Development Policies 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:MRG’s Carl Soderbergh summarises the main thoughts and conclusions of the first day of the conference. In the first session Pieter Bangma (EC, DG Dev), Esther Somoire (CIWOCH) and Sazzad Hussein (Odhikar) were discussing relations between the EC and the civil society of developing countries. The second session...

Deforestation, corruption and evictions: the Ogiek of the Mau Forest, Kenya 

The Ogiek indigenous community is a hunter gatherer group who depend on the forest for food, medicine, shelter and preservation of their culture. They are foresters and conservators of nature, and so live in places where trees, birds and wild animals provide them with psychological comfort. The Ogiek have a population of about 20,000 people throughout...

Traditional methods a useful tool for conflict resolution in Africa. 

Many African states are faced with long-standing armed conflicts. According to a ranking compiled by Minority Rights Group International in 2010, more than half of the top 20 countries in the world, where people are most under threat were in Africa. Many of these conflicts make headline news for various reasons, including the level of violence and the inter-state links. There are, however, several...


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