Lands Rights activist from Tanzania in Bristol & SW UK

Val Bishop tony at
Wed Sep 5 13:14:13 BST 2012

Sinandei Makko, a Lands Rights activist from 
Tanzania is visiting Bristol in September. Makko 
is deeply involved in the current land conflict 
between the Maasai and other pastoralists and the 
Ortello Business Corporation (OBC), in which 
almost 50,000 people face eviction from their 
land. Makko has lived and worked in Loliondo in 
the Serengeti National Park for his whole life.

Currently highlighted in the Avaaz campaign “Stop 
the Serengeti Sell off”. The plight faced by 
Maasai communities is overwhelming. The last time 
they were evicted by OBC the evictions were 
violent and people lost everything. This time the 
Tanzanian government may sacrifice the 
livelihoods of these people to the money of rich Middle Eastern princes.

Makko is appearing at a talk in Bristol on 
Wednesday 19th September 1pm – 2pm “Whose land is 
it anyway?” The Maasai Land Grab.

Venue is Brunswick Court, Brunswick Square BS2 
8PE. Booking is essential via the details below.

He is available on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st 
September for interviews. Please contact Val 
Bishop, African Initiatives to book an 
appointment T: 0117 9150001 E: 
<mailto:val at>val at

Valerie Bishop
Head of Communications

+44 (0)117 9150001
+44 (0)117 9166451
<mailto:megan at>val at
African Initiatives, Brunswick Court, Brunswick Square, Bristol, BS2 8PE
Registered Charity No. 1064413

African Initiatives works with partners in Africa 
to empower communities to demand their rights. 
Our UK education programmes are dedicated to 
raising awareness of development issues and 
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