Posts Tagged ‘Tanzania’

Escaping Tanzania’s Cutting Season

April 6, 2015

In northern Tanzania there is a tradition of the ‘cutting season’ which lasts for six weeks. Girls are mutilated, female genital mutilation, beaten by their fathers, sold off into marriage.

The cutters use the same knife on multiple girls, if the first girl has AIDS/HIV, then the next in line gets AIDS/HIV.

The girls are left to bleed  to death.

In one district, at least fifteen girls are are known to have died.

The reason they are left to bleed to death is that it is illegal, and so they cannot call in a doctor or take the girls to hospital.

The girls who die, their bodies are thrown in the bush. They are not given a decent burial because they are seen as cursed.

Word is getting around of a safe house, a  network helps girls to get there.

At the safe house, as well being safe, they are given vocational training, sent to secondary school.

One boy, who helped his sisters escape to the safe house, was strung up from a tree with his hands and feet tied, then badly beaten by his father.

Tanzania’s road through Serengeti to be unpaved

July 4, 2011
wildebeest

wildebeest

The Serengeti road project has not been abandoned … we have just revised it. I don’t know where all this confusion comes from. — Natural Resources and Tourism Minister Ezekiel Maige

It would appear we all celebrated a little too soon. The road that will cut the Serengeti in half is to go ahead after all.

Tanzania’s road through Serengeti to be unpaved
Serengeti Highway cancelled
Tanzania’s Proposed Serengeti Highway Threatens Greatest Wildlife Migration on Earth

Serengeti Highway cancelled

June 24, 2011
Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park

The State Party confirms that the proposed road will not dissect the Serengeti National Park and therefore will not affect the migration and conservation values of the Property. — Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism

The proposed Serengeti Highway has been cancelled. The government in Tanzania has backed down under intense international pressure.

Had the disastrous highway gone ahead it would have cut across the Serengeti Park blocking a major migration route for wildebeest.

Serengeti Watch:

A battle has been won, but the struggle to save the Serengeti goes on. Roads will still be constructed up to the edges of the park. The pressures on the Serengeti, including a commercial corridor to Uganda, still exist. The highway across the Serengeti has been proposed three times now, and can be raised again. But yes, let’s congratulate ourselves on the work we’ve done.

And the function of the highway? To aid the rape and pillage of Africa’s resources by the Chinese.

Serengeti road scrapped over wildlife concerns
Serengeti road cancelled
Victory for environmentalists as Serengeti highway plans are axed
Tanzania’s Proposed Serengeti Highway Threatens Greatest Wildlife Migration on Earth