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Land grabbing in Uganda II

Some of the men and their machines on a newly cleared site of hundreds of acres by the lakeside. This land assumed by locals to be common land and therefore for public use was all of a sudden in the hands of the plantation owner, BIDCO.Locals were shown a piece of paper and told that BIDCO were now the new owners. Many people were invited to a meeting where they were given between 5’000 and 7’000 shillings (€1.5- €2) and then asked to sign for it. Their signatures have now been used to prove that compensation for the land has been given.Within three months the forest was destroyed, trees felled and pushed into the ground to rot and provide nutrients for the soils.Credit: FoEI / ATI - Jason Taylor
Land grabbing in Uganda II
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