• Indigenous peoples in Tanzania

    Indigenous peoples in Tanzania

    Tanzania does not recognise the existence of indigenous peoples, even though Tanzania is home to 125-130 different ethnic groups.
  • Peoples

    125-130 ethnic groups, falling mainly into the four categories of Bantu, Cushite, Nilo-Hamite and San, live in Tanzania.
  • Current state

    2015: New government in Tanzania elected. A few months after indigenous peoples found themselves the victims of government actions.
    2016-17: Evictions of indigenous peoples in Kilosa, Mvomero and Morogoro Vijijini districts.
  • Rights

    There is no specific national policy or legislation on indigenous peoples.
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Hadzabe shut out land grabbers with own land title

Tanzania's remaining hunter-gatherer tribe has won a “great victory” after acquiring a certificate of customary rights of occupancy (CCRO) they fought for 50 years to protect their communal land.

The United Arab Emirates Safaris Ltd, a firm acting on behalf of an Arab royal family a few years back nearly succeeded in grabbing the 2,267 square kms of virgin bush in the Yaeda Chini area of northern Tanzania, the remaining home and ancestral land to the Hadzabe, to use it for commercial hunting. Campaigners feared that if a hunting concession was granted to the UAE firm then the 800-estimated Hadzabe hunter-gatherers of Yaeda Chini would have been branded as prone to poaching activities and driven off the land where their ancestors have lived perhaps for up to 10,000 years. Source: Guardian on Sunday, 30th October 2011, article by Jack Mikaili

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