AngloGold Ashanti: Forced Evictions in Tanzania

Update: May 2015; Facing Finance have received conformation that Anglo Gold Ashanti have now finally delivered (8 years later) on their promises and have begun to build houses for those who were displaced. Thus far, 18 houses have been built and the lives of these people vastly improved. 
 
In 2007, the Tanzanian government evicted residents from the town of Mine Mpya to make way for AngloGold Ashanti’s Geita Gold Mine (GGM). Residents were relocated to a tent city that borders the mine, Sophiatown, where they have been living for the past six years. Wastewater dumped from the mine is highly toxic and threatens to contaminate people and farm animals.[1] The displaced residents have not received compensation for their seized lands or for the loss of their livelihoods. Residents live under deplorable living conditions in the tent city subsisting on nominal incomes gleaned from sporadic farm and labor jobs.[2]
 
Before the arrival of the Geita Gold Mine, locals used the land for small-scale mining operations. Today, if people tread onto mine property they are treated as illegal imposters. There have been frequent run-ins with security personnel, several of which have led to injuries and killings. One such incident occurred in June 2012 when 17-year-old Mhoja Leonard went searching for scrap material at the Geita mine. Upon discovery, Mhoja was shot and killed by a security guard.[3]
 
(accessed 04.09.2013)
Case location
Geita, Tanzania
Tanzania


Affected topics
  • Human and Labour Rights
Affected norms and standards Directly and indirectly (through shareholding) involved companies Indirect investors through shareholding

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