March 5, 2019

“I was ashamed to say what I had and how I felt…”

by Namati in

Chicuque Rural Hospital is a reference health facility for Maxixe District and the 2nd largest health facility in Inhambane Province, Mozambique. Since September 2017, community members were complaining about the lack of privacy in the health facility due to inadequate space for consultations. According to the community, it was common for two providers to attend…

May 9, 2018

“A Victory of the Common Man”: Farming Community in India Takes on Polluting Company

by Namati in

For over two years the village of Bogribeil was cloaked in a thick cloud of dust. A private company had set up a stone crushing operation on the edge of the small farming community in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, India. The dust threatened the villagers’ health and impacted their livelihoods, polluting the water in…

May 9, 2018

Desperate to Leave: Foinda Community Takes Action Against Mining Company

by Namati in ,

“Our situation has worsened, our only water source is destroyed, and our farm lands have been turned into a mining field. We cannot sleep due to heavy noise and vibrations. Our roads have been diverted. …Our livelihood is threatened by the operations of Sierra Rutile mining company.” — Mr. Massaquoi, 52, Foinda community.  Foinda is a…

May 8, 2018

Shifting Power: Female Farmer in Myanmar Secures the Release of Land Grabbed by the Military

by Namati in Crops grow in rows on farm in Myanmar

  Fifty-year-old Daw Nan Shan is a widow, a mother, a grandmother and a farmer. For 28 years she has supported her family by growing and selling vegetables in the village of Wan Wai in Eastern-Shan State, Myanmar. The land she farms has been in her family for generations and is registered in her name….

May 8, 2018

Ugandan Community Stops Illegal Sale of their Land

by Namati in

In 2016, officials from the Amolatar district in Northern Uganda approached Okello Alex* with an offer. They wanted to buy land from him for a prison farm. Okello agreed. But there was an issue: it was not his land to sell. The land belonged to Alemere community—a fact that both Okello and the officials knew…

May 6, 2018

Delivering Maternal Rights and Justice in Mozambique

by Namati in

When Mariamo* arrived at her local health center in Mozambique on a Sunday night in April 2017, she found the maternity ward empty. Her labor pains were intense. A security guard ran to the staff living quarters to inform the nurse on night duty. Without performing a physical exam, the nurse declared that Mariamo was not yet…

May 6, 2018

Twenty-Nine Years Without an Identity

by Namati in Identity card Kenya

The pickpocketer was fast. In the blink of an eye, Mahmoud’s wallet was gone. He lost the cash that was in it, his driving license and—worst of all—his identity card. Without an ID card in Kenya, you cannot vote. You cannot open a bank account or get a loan. You cannot gain admission to school…

March 17, 2017

Sand Mining Sinkholes in Kagal

by Debayan Gupta in

Durgi Naik is a 58 year old woman who lives alone and does household work in Kagal, a small fishing village in Northern Karnataka. Vinod Patgar, an Enviro-Legal Coordinator (ELC) with the CPR-Namati Environmental Justice Program, also hails from this village. His work as an ELC has made him the go-to man for his fellow…

March 7, 2017

Fighting Land Grabs in Myanmar: Daw Mya’s Story

by Namati in

For decades, the Burmese military seized land across Myanmar. In Eastern Shan province, they took Daw Mya’s land to plant teak trees for their private profit. Daw Mya tried to fight the land grab, submitting complaint letters to old parliament members and political parties, but she found her case ignored. The government began to address…

February 28, 2017

Gujarat villagers act to stop a company’s mishandling of coal and cement

by Namati in

For years, the improper handling of coal and cement at the jetty of a prominent company polluted the air near the Muldwakarka Port in Gujarat, India. Villagers worried that the dust posed health risks and farmers complained that it damaged their crops and fields. The newly appointed Sarpanch (Village Head) of Muldwarka felt compelled to…

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