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Land-grabbing luxury safari tourism is displacing Maasai communities in Tanzania

April 18, 2024
The Canary

Indigenous Maasai communities in Tanzania are being subjected to more land-grabbing and human rights abuse. This time, a major tourism company is the culprit.

On Tuesday 16 April, independent policy thinktank the Oakland Institute exposed Boston-based Thomson Safaris’ human rights violations against Indigenous villagers. Specifically, the company has tightened control over land it previously stole from Maasai communities.

Notably, Thomson Safaris is exploiting the Tanzanian government’s brutal repression of land defenders to legitimize control over Maasai land in the Loliondo Division of the Ngorongoro District.