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Tribe Stops Mining Company From Destroying Their Land

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  • September 22, 2010
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Tribe Stops Mining Company From Destroying Their Land

After being threatened by one of the largest mining companies in the world, the Dongria Kondh hill tribe of eastern India won a major victory — thanks in part to many of you. British Company Vedanta Resources made plans to mine bauxite on the sacred hills of the Dongria Kondh tribe, but an enormous amount of support stopped them.

Tribe members were devastated by the thought of this space — which the tribe relies on for their livelihood — being destroyed. Luckily, Survival International partnered up with Care2 to create a petition to stop the mining and preserve the tribe’s homeland. The petition garnered nearly 10,000 signatures — enough to succeed in the fight against the huge mining company.

The tribe, 8,000 members strong, lacks education and suffered an increased amount of violence during this fight, but did not let these barriers stand in their way of a victory. The Dongria Kondh’s continued fighting until they were finally able to block Vedanta’s mining plans. Although it was not easy, their dedication — along with the help and support of Care2 members, activists and even celebrities — made this victory possible.

Thank you to all Care2 members who signed the petition. Your actions are making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

 

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1:17PM PST on Dec 26, 2010

I'm a member of Survival International and their website offers form letters and e-mails which can be completed quickly and sent or mailed to various governmets about the rights of indigenous peoples across the globe. There have been some major successes, but Survival International's servers were targeted in November causiing the website to be unavailable for a time. So there are always vested interests looking to silence the voices and appeals of indigenous peoples. Please visit www.survivalinternational.org and take their recommended action for at least one tribe or indigenous group.

4:56AM PST on Dec 25, 2010

Thank God too, as I and many have placed this situation before Him in prayer-! and with everyone doing their part- especially the Tribes people., there was light at the end of the dark Tunnel! I' was very upset when I first heard their plight of wilderness corruption due to this mining company and hadnt had a chance to follow up and see what eventually happened. Thanks, Care2 for this update- it just put some warmth and a smile of gratitude in my heart this Christmas ... :-)

6:26AM PST on Dec 8, 2010

Thanks to you too Care2 team and good job Survival International.

2:40PM PST on Nov 17, 2010

In a word: beautiful. Too bad I never had the chance to sign the petition here, but at least enough people still did!

11:26PM PDT on Oct 31, 2010

This is a wonderfull and happy news.

6:26AM PDT on Oct 16, 2010

I'm so glad this battle's won! :)

12:55PM PDT on Oct 14, 2010

Fantastic news. Well done all those involved in this success. Best of luck to all you tribal people. My heart goes out to you.

Annette UK

11:32AM PDT on Oct 14, 2010

That is wonderful news!!!

11:09AM PDT on Oct 14, 2010

It's so great to know about something positive in the world where so manny horrible things are happening daily!!! Thank you!!!

8:43AM PDT on Oct 14, 2010

I Looove Good news! You made may Day! Bless you .

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