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September 24, 2011

Uganda: Carbon Market Land Grab

Filed under: Development — Direct Sponsor @ 12:29 pm

Land tenure in Uganda is a subject of much dispute, and last year’s farming evictions have left 20,000 homeless [ok so it’s not strictly in the ‘charity’ category, but related]

guardian.co.uk, Thursday 22 September 2011 07.00 BST

Land grab in Uganda : Evicted people

These people living close to Kicucula village claim to have been evicted from forest land in Mubende district, Uganda. Photograph: Simon Rawles/Oxfam

Francis Longoli, a small farmer from Kiboga district of central Uganda, is tearful: “I remember my land, three acres of coffee, many trees – mangoes and avocados. I had five acres of bananas, 10 beehives, two beautiful permanent houses. My land gave me everything. People used to call me ‘omataka’ – someone who owns land. Now that is no more. I am one of the poorest now,” he says.

Longoli and his family of six lost everything last year when, with three months notice, the Ugandan government evicted him and thousands of others from the Mubende and Kiboga districts to make way for the UK-based New Forests Company to plant trees, to earn carbon credits and ultimately to sell the timber.

Today, the village school in Kiboga is a New Forests Company headquarters. More than 20,000 people have been made homeless and Longoli rents a small house in Lubaali village. He says he cannot go back for fear of being attacked. (more in the Guardian article)

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