What is village Council in Tanzania?

What is village Council in Tanzania?

Dances of Love. Sea Warriors : Tribes and Ethnicities

Tanzania is estimated to be home to a total of 125-130 ethnic groups, mainly falling into the four categories of Bantu, Cushite, Nilo-Hamite and San. Also, there may be more ethnic groups that self-identify as indigenous peoples, such as the Akie and Hadzabe hunter-gatherers, and the Barabaig and Maasai pastoralists who have organized themselves and their struggles around the concept and movement of indigenous peoples.

In 2018 Tanzania continued to witness the progressive decline in freedom of expression and contraction of civil society space, negatively affecting the situation of indigenous peoples in the country.

The implementation of different oppressive laws and policies has made it difficult for indigenous peoples and human rights activists to operate freely and have to cope with an environment characterized by impunity. In general, there is undue influence of political powers on the rule of law, impunity, lack of adequate measures against perpetrators of human rights violations, and the enactment of draconian laws that limit and restrict people’s freedom and access to information and justice. These laws include the Cybercrimes Act 2015; the Statistics Act 2015; the Communication Services Act 2016; the Access to Information Act 2016; the Electronic and Postal Communications (Digital Content) Regulations 2018; and the Wildlife Conservation Act 2009. All of them contain some provisions that limit and deny the right of society to enjoy their fundamental human rights.

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DW English

The population of 3,600 inhabitants of the village of Gidewari was in a very ironic situation some time ago: despite living next to a lake, the inhabitants had to walk more than 8 kilometers every day to fetch water. Lake Gidewari is very saline and therefore its water is not suitable for human or animal consumption.

“My first task every day was to go very early in the morning to fetch a 20-liter jerrycan of water from the Catholic church in Dareda, which is five kilometers from my house, and then return to my home,” said Rosalie Margwe, wife and mother of three. “The water was not clean, but we had no choice.”

The rainy season was a welcome relief for this community, mostly made up of pastoralists. “At those times we could collect water in the seasonal rivers, although it was cloudy and unsafe because it was also used by our cows. As a result, many people contracted waterborne diseases, and treatments were very expensive,” he added.

A GIANT COCODRILUS of 4.6 meters and 600 kilos

Since returning home from an immersion trip to Tanzania with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) over the summer, people have asked me about my experience there. Some are curious about a country and people they know little about; others want to know if the experience marked or changed me in any way.

Because of the vitality of the local Church, approximately 80% of CRS programs in Tanzania are administered through Church institutions, from local parishes to diocesan offices. This has allowed the local Catholic Church to shine as a beacon of hope for many. However, even non-Catholic employees at the head office in Dar es Salaam showed great pride in being part of the CRS family. When asked what differentiated CRS from other humanitarian and foreign aid agencies, they responded that “faith values guide CRS’ daily work” and distinguish them from other governmental and non-governmental groups.” Even among faith-based agencies, the difference, they said, is that CRS helps and welcomes everyone, regardless of creed or nationality. No one is excluded and no one is asked to convert to the Catholic faith to get help.

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The Holi tribe, West Africa’s last cannibals?

In a quiet region of southern Mozambique, a community’s struggle to regain land that had been stolen from them led the inhabitants to adopt a more communal lifestyle and integrate an approach to farming that embodies agroecology, working in harmony with nature and peoples’ rights.

In 2017, after sustained attempts to lobby the municipality to return their land, the Association of Natives, Residents and Friends of Namaacha (ANRAN) decided they needed help.

The Association turned to Justiça Ambiental (JA!)/Friends of the Earth Mozambique, which was already fighting many cases of land grabbing throughout the country. But the Namaacha lawsuit was the first accusation JA! had ever heard of brought directly against a municipality.

“Land grabbing here in Mozambique is very problematic and getting worse. The current political situation in Mozambique facilitates this, the corruption of our government representatives, and companies not respecting the rights of communities.”

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