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Kenya: Endorois Traditional Song 

The Endorois are a semi-nomadic indigenous community of approximately 60,000 people, who for centuries have earned their livelihoods from herding cattle and goats in the Lake Bogoria area of Kenya’s Rift Valley.Endorois land was originally appropriated by the Kenyan government in the 1970s to create the Lake Bogoria National Reserve.When tourists flock to the Reserve they have little idea of the high cost the...

Photo story by Eric Lafforgue: Stick fighting day in Suri tribe, Ethiopia 

Surmas (or Suri) live in southern Ethiopia, on the west bank of the Omo River. Since time immemorial, they have had to fight to protect their land and cattle, especially against their ennemies, the fierce Nyangatoms. Civil War in Sudan flooded the area with AK 47, and raids have become increasingly bloody. In this context of continuous insecurity, Surmas have more than ever to...

Interviews with Activists: Ann Sintoyia Tome and Mariamu Ntausian Lekisemon on oppression of Maasai women in Kenya 

Ann Sintoyia Tome of the Samburu Women for Education & Environment Development Organisation and Mariamu Ntausian Lekisemon of the Rural Women Development Network discuss in detail the manner in which women in the indigenous Masaai community are oppressed. They describe cultural practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and polygamy which severely affect women in the Masaai community.Contact For more information contact Mohamed Matovu,...

Kenya: A visit to Maasai Mara 

Contact For more information contact Mohamed Matovu, MRG's Africa Regional Information Officer, via the Contact page....

MRG Podcast: December 2010 

Welcome to the December 2010 podcast from Minority Rights Group International. This month we hear from a member of the Nubian community, a minority who live in one of Africa's largest slums in Nairobi; we then move east to China to learn more about the Uighur minority from a representative of the World Uighur Congress, and finally, MRG's music choice this month comes from...

A Journey to Imja Lake: Climate change in the land of the Sherpa  

A film by Anna Colom, for Minority Rights Group InternationalIn the Everest region of Nepal, the Sherpa people are already facing the harsh impact of climate change in the Himalayas. Changes in snow and rainfall patterns are affecting food production and communities face an ever present threat of flooding. A Journey to Imja Lake tells this story by taking us on a winding path...

Kenya: Endorois activist says women's rights need to be fulfilled 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:Endorois Welfare Council leader Wilson Kipkazi is sharing thoughts about the backward situation of women in his community. Endorois women face problems such as the female genital mutilation (FGM), early marriage, domestic violence or rape. Kipkazi is saying empowerment of women is more important than ever to improve...

Peru: Addressing the needs of marginalized communities in policy formulation and programming  

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording: This is a longer discussion on poverty reduction strategies with special regards to the needs of marginalized communities in policy formulation and programming. Development consultant Samia Khan gives a substantial explanation on the progress of development policies and the strategy to poverty reduction with regards to...

Cambodian indigenous group threatened by rubber company 

In Cambodia, an estimated one hundred fifty thousand people are facing forced eviction from their homes. Many of these are members of indigenous groups. They have traditionally occupied land now slated for resource development projects. Indigenous peoples are often pushed from their land and given little or no compensation.In Mondulkiri province, a rubber plantation is under development on land occupied by the Bunong. Some...

Human Rights Day Celebration in Ndugulu, Kenya 

Last December, members of Kenya's Ogiek community gathered in the village of Ndugulu to celebrate and commemorate Human Rights Day.  Human Rights Day falls on 10 December and marks the anniversary of the UN General Assembly's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Thousands of Ogiek attended the event, which included speeches and the distribution of Ogiek-language literatrure about the Universal...

MRG Podcast: February 2011 

Welcome to the February 2011 podcast from Minority Rights Group International. This month we hear how indigenous communities in Cambodia are affected by development projects, learn about an innovative new way to tackle racism in the Dominican Republic and travel to Uganda, where minority language issues are illustrated through song....

Tanzania: Maasai Pastoralists of Soitsambu Village assert their rights to ancestral lands 

In common with most indigenous people, the Maasai pastoralists of Soitsambu village have no formal recognition of their property rights. Despite a recent decision in the African Commission, holding that traditional possession of land by indigenous people has the same effect as that of a state-granted property title, the Maasai pastoralists of Soitsambu village are at risk of losing their lands and livelihoods due...

Kenya: MRG condemns targeted attacks on Ogiek activists 

Minority Rights Group International (MRG) condemns the recent attack on two activists from the Ogiek community in Ngongogeri, Rift Valley Province in Kenya, and calls on the police and judicial authorities to conduct a full and impartial investigation into the incident.James Rana, 38, an Ogiek land rights activist, was brutally attacked by assailants on Sunday night at his home in Ngongogeri. According to the...

MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH IN PERU 

Every eight hours a woman dies in Peru from pregnancy complications or during childbirth. 45 percent of the deaths that occur in Peru are of afroperuanos and indigenous children under five years old. Download the attached file for a presentation on this grave problem....

Canada: Interview with Chief Wilton Littlechild 

Interview with Chief Wilton Littlechild - Member of Canada's Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission.Photo courtesy of Neeta Lind"We are still marginalized. The poverty for example  of indigenous children is on the rise.  The taking away of the child is still going on. We still fill the prisons, .... I went to an institution for young offenders and 100 percent of the inmates were...

Belize: SATIIM's Oil Summit 

On Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th March the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management held a district summit. It was a huge success with an excellent turn out from indigenous and local community leaders across the district, as well as representatives from numerous local and national organizations. The decision was made to make a united stand and a People's Position Statement was collaboratively written...

Philippines' indigenous groups protest mining exploration on ancestral lands 

Indigenous peoples alliance, Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) expresses alarm over Royalco Mining Company’s mining exploration in ancestral lands in Bakun, Benguet. “It portrays how mining TNCs, conspiring with government agencies, violate indigenous people’s rights to self-determination,” KAMP spokesperson, Piya Macliing Malayao said. Bakun is ancestral lands of Kankana-ey and Ibaloi Igorot people. The group said it exposes the deception of...

Government of Kenya given ultimatum to resolve Mau Narok land issue 

The Government of Kenya has been given an ultimatum of 48hours to solve the controversial Mau Narok Land issue. Youth Led – Narok County Congress Press Release Thursday, March 31, 2011 Our Statement: When we promulgated the new constitution, we thought it was the end of impunity, tribalism and nepotism but it was an exercise infutility because some of the people in...

Kenya: Flood hits Maasai land again 

Maasai land in Narok experiences yet another flood Wednesday 30th March, 2011 It was 3:00pm and the clouds had already gathered preparing for the normal rains in Narok county. This county is renowned for bearing the seventh wonder of the world, The Maasai Mara. Farmers were seen cheering there way to restaurants and hotels for a hot cup of coffee as...

Interview with Akli Bessadah: an Amazigh who escaped Libya 

Akli Bessadah is an Amazigh from Libya.Unrecognised by the Libyan government, the Amazigh people had to flee their desert homes because of environmental calamities and lack of resources. They remain on the sidelines of mainstream society, face discrimination and are forced to live isolated from the rest of the population (in the interview Akli says “they are forced to live in the corner of these states”).Akli, together...


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