SAINT-LOUIS, 26 juin 2014 (IRIN) - Doudou Sow, petit exploitant, ne décolère pas. Cela fait dix ans, dit-il, que les agriculteurs sont évincés par un afflux d’investisseurs privés qui acquièrent des terres agricoles fertiles dans la vallée du fleuve Sénégal, où il cultive la terre depuis vingt ans.
"This land belonged to my father," said Omot Ochan, a member of the Anuak tribe in Gambella, the poorest province in one of the world's poorest nations: Ethiopia.
"All 'round here is ours. For two days' walk. When my father died, he said don't leave the land. We made a promise. We can't give it to the foreigners."
For Immediate Release June 30, 2014
Arrested, assaulted, and then charged with libel: this is just some of what land and environmental activist Nasako Besingi has faced while helping communities from the southwest region of Cameroon stop US company Herakles Farms from grabbing their lands for the development of a 20,000 hectare palm oil plantation.
Communiqué de presse de GRAIN, de l'Oakland Institute et du World Rainforest Movement
Nasako Besingi, Struggle to Economize Future Environment (SEFE) +23775136000, email@example.com
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