Target: President of Tansania, Jakaya Kikwete
Goal: Prevent the Maasai tribe from being driven from their land in order to create a safari park
The Maasai of Tanzania, one of Africa’s oldest tribes, are facing eviction from the lands they have lived on for years. The Tanzanian government has declared that it will begin evicting thousands of families from their homes in order to create a safari park. This park, and others like it, will exist mostly for the entertainment of wealthy tourists who want an exotic hunting experience.
The government made a similar attempt last year, but the amount of international outrage generated forced them to postpone the plan. Now that the world’s attention has shifted, the government is attempting once more to evict the Maasai. This tribe has been living on these lands for years, and should not be removed simply to make money off of wealthy tourists. If enough international attention is garnered again, the Maasai will be able to remain on their land. Protest the Tanzanian President’s plan, and ensure the Maasai keep their homes.
Dear President Kikwete,
The Tanzanian government has recently renewed its plans to relocate the Maasai people in order to make room for a safari park, and these plans have not escaped international notice. Last year global outrage forced the Tanzanian government to halt its plans to evict the Maasai, and a similar occurrence will happen this year. Already, countries and activists are protesting this plan, which would remove thousands of people from their homes just to make money off of wealthy tourists.
The Maasai are one of the oldest and most well-known African tribes, and they have been living on these lands for decades. They deserve to be able to remain on the lands that they consider home, and the government should not have the right to evict them. There are surely other places where a safari could be set up, or a compromise could be reached between the government and the Maasai people that would allow a safari to be established, and would let the Maasai keep their homes. No matter what, the Maasai must not be removed from their lands. They have a right to remain in their homes, and the government must respect that right.
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