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Stories from Program: Land

May 9, 2018

Desperate to Leave: Foinda Community Takes Action Against Mining Company

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“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

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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…

March 7, 2017

Fighting Land Grabs in Myanmar: Daw Mya’s Story

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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…

May 18, 2016

When Legal Empowerment Meets Community Mapping

by Marena Brinkhurst in

Namati and the Kenya Land Alliance test new tools for participatory community mapping in Tana River, Kenya.

February 12, 2016

Rediscovering Community: The Dwesa-Cwebe Community, South Africa

by Wilmien Wicomb in

The following case study is an extract from Protecting Community Lands and Resources in Africa, a book of case studies that highlights land rights advocates’ innovative community land protection efforts. By Wilmien Wicomb, Legal Resources Centre (LRC) The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) is a public interest law firm based in South Africa. It uses the law as an…

February 12, 2016

Securing Collective Land Tenure for Hunter-Gatherers in Tanzania

by Marena Brinkhurst in

The following case study is an extract from Protecting Community Lands and Resources in Africa, a book of case studies that highlights land rights advocates’ innovative community land protection efforts. By Edward Loure and Edward Lekaita, Ujamaa Community Resource Team (UCRT) The Ujamaa Community Resource Team (UCRT) has been working for over a decade to address the land…

February 11, 2016

The case of the Tanchara Community and Gold Mining

by Stephanie Booker in

The following case study is an extract from Protecting Community Lands and Resources in Africa, a book of case studies that highlights land rights advocates’ innovative community land protection efforts. By Bern Guri and Dan Banuoku, Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Organisational Development (CIKOD) and Stephanie Booker (Natural Justice) The Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Organisational Development (CIKOD)…

February 11, 2016

Mapping and Cataloguing Community Resources in Ethiopia

by Marena Brinkhurst in

The following case study is an extract from Protecting Community Lands and Resources in Africa, a book of case studies that highlights land rights advocates’ innovative community land protection efforts. By Mersha Yilma, MELCA-Ethiopia MELCA-Ethiopia is a non-governmental, non-profit organization established in 2005 under the initiative of lawyers, environmentalists, botanists, and other professionals concerned with the rapid degradation…

February 10, 2016

Supporting Diverse Communities to Respond to LAPSSET with One Voice

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The following case study is an extract from Protecting Community Lands and Resources in Africa, a book of case studies that highlights land rights advocates’ innovative community land protection efforts. By Mohamed Athman and Hadija Ernst, Save Lamu Save Lamu is based in Mkomani ward within Lamu town, located in the Lamu Archipelago off Kenya’s north coast. Save…