A massive hydroelectric dam project on Ethiopia’s Omo River will devastate at least 200,000 tribal people, Survival said today.
Survival is launching an urgent campaign calling on the Ethiopian government to halt the dam (known as GibeIII), and urging potential international funders, including the Africa Development Bank, the European Investment Bank, the World Bank and the Italian government not to support the project.
Italian company Salini Costruttori, has been contracted to build the dam. The same company built the smaller Gibe II dam, part of which collapsed 10 days after... Read More
Weeks after the last member of the Bo tribe died on the Andaman Islands, an Indian court has moved to protect the neighbouring Jarawa tribe by suspending the operation of a controversial tourist resort. India’s Supreme Court ordered on Monday that the company, Barefoot India, must close its resort near the Jarawa’s reserve, pending further deliberation by the court.
Despite concerns for the future of the tribe, Barefoot had challenged the legality of a ‘buffer zone’ around the reserve. The buffer zone was designed to protect the Jarawa by preventing tourism and other commercial activity... Read More
In Africa, the role of most women is to feed their families and raise the children. This largely shows how the other talents of women of this big continent are neglected. In other words they are not given the opportunity, respect and value they are worthy of.
Women do a lot of the jobs in farming with rudimentary tolls with a focus on products that have little commercial interest. When women are farming, they spend most of the day in their fields and only come back home very late, often very tired. Though they are very much involved in some areas of agriculture, when there are opportunities... Read More
Over 400 Bushmen were denied the right to vote in Botswana’s 2009 general election, with five Bushman communities inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve omitted from the electoral register.
Speaking to Botswana's Mmegi newspaper, Roy Sesana, Bushman spokesman, claimed, ‘People were living in those settlements during the elections. They did not vote when the rest of the nation went to the polls’. The revelations were confirmed by the District Commissioner and are the latest in a long line of assaults against the Bushmen’s rights.
Botswana’s president, Ian Khama, who was sworn... Read More
I have just returned from a couple of weeks in Europe – a continent in distress. The financial crisis is felt in every city in Europe, and may result in default on debt of some of the European countries. It may even lead to the collapse of the EU altogether. Iran’s plans to continue with its nuclear program will soon put Europe in the range of the Iranian nuclear warheads. The rise of extreme Islam in Europe threatens to change the face of Europe and the European culture forever. Many real problems that may threaten the European lifestyle, and yet anti-Israel sentiment is still prevalent.... Read More
Activists have appealed to Avatar director James Cameron on behalf of an Indian tribe through an ad in the film industry magazine Variety (published 8 February 2010).
In the ad Survival asks Mr Cameron to help the Dongria Kondh tribe of Orissa, India, whose story is uncannily similar to that of the Na’vi in Avatar.
The ad says:"Avatar is fantasy .. and real. The Dongria Kondh tribe in India are struggling to defend their land against a mining company hell-bent on destroying their sacred mountain. Please help the Dongria. We’ve watched your film – now watch ours: www.survivalinternational.org/films/mine... Read More
When Director James Cameron received his Golden Globe award for Avatar, he revealed one of the central ideas of the blockbuster science-fiction film. “Avatar asks us to see that everything is connected,” he said in his acceptance speech, “all human beings to each other, and us to the Earth.”
The film Avatar is a fantasy, a dream set in the future on a faraway imaginary moon inhabited by a blue-skinned, feline-eared tribe, the Na’vi people. They live deeply connected to their ancient homeland: a fertile forest of giant palms, floating mountains and luminous moss.
The future of... Read More
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