|Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012|
EMBASSY FINDERSurvival International provides a useful tool for locating the embassy of any country in your country.
GOOD NEWSLast week we asked for your support for the workers of International Flavours and Fragrances (IFF) factory in Dandenong, Australia. The occupation of the factory has ended with a strong union agreement. The workers wish to thank the more than 6,000 supporters who quickly responded to the IUF call for messages to the company. Cheers!
INDIGENOUS PEOPLEIndigenous tribes do not simply die out. They are killed by the actions of so-called civilized nations. Survival International provides a long list of cases in which a letter from you can and will make a difference. Please open this link and write at least one letter. This link will be a permanent feature on our blog and we would be grateful if you gave it a bit of attention each week. We suggest going down the list in the order given. The letters are pre-written for you. All you need to do is send them. It would be nice also if a donation to Survival International could be forthcoming.
This week we focus on the Masaai of Kenya and Tanzania. They are a nomadic people of whom you are invited to read at this site. They are under stress because of pressures to settle
and land grabs by government and corporations. The most immediate threat to the Maasai is against those from Loliondo, an area in northern Tanzania. Here, Maasai villages have been burnt to the ground, and thousands have been evicted, allegedly to provide a safari hunting company, Otterlo Business Corporation Ltd (OBC), with easier access to hunting land. Survival International asks you to raise the issue of the Masaai with your local Kenyan embassy. You may use the tool linked above to find it. This time there is no letter template, so use your own creativity or our letter as an example.
|A Maasai woman in Southern Kenya. © Adrian Arbib/Survival|