Since the clashes in June, several Maasai have been arrested and charged with murder at the Arusha Magistrate Court, while several others have been injured at the hands of government forces – accusations denied by the state.
“I am not leaving this historical land to me and my ancestors. I will fight until the end,” one Maasai pastoralist tells The Africa Report from Ngorongoro, on conditions of anonymity, fearing government reprisal.
On 12 June 2022, authorities in Tanzania started relocating the Maasai community from Ngorongoro to Msomera village in Handeni where the government has built houses for them. The government insists the process is voluntary and the priority is to preserve the ecology of the Ngorongoro and Loliondo areas for tourism activities.
Until August, more than 500 families had already been relocated to Msomera in Tanga Region.
Maasai in Ngorongoro and Loliondo
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