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African Barrick Gold Clean Up Your Act: people and livestock threatened in tanzania

African Barrick Gold Clean Up Your Act: people and livestock threatened in tanzania

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On Thursday 21 April ProtestBarrick supporters, Sally and Adriana, handed out flyers to shareholders at the first African Barrick annual general meeting in London. The flyer focused on Barrick's North Mara mine in Tanzania and the devastating impacts it has had on the environment and the local community's lives and livelihoods. 21 April 2011
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On Thursday 21 April ProtestBarrick supporters, Sally and Adriana, handed out flyers to shareholders at the first African Barrick annual general meeting in London. The flyer focused on Barrick's North Mara mine in Tanzania and the devastating impacts it has had on the environment and the local community's lives and livelihoods. 21 April 2011

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african barrick gold clean up your act!
people and livestock threatened in tanzania
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In May 2009, toxic waste from a gold mine located in NorthMara, Tanzania, spilled into River Tigithe. Reports from thesurrounding villages alleged that people and livestock diedfrom the contaminated water. But the company that operatesthe mine,
African Barrick Gold, denied that the spillage ledto the deaths of villagers.
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Barrick’s spokesperson said recently that there are nomore problems with the river 
,
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yet villagers living in Tarimedistrict claim they are still experiencing health-related illnessesfrom the water. There are also reports that a number of peoplehave been killed by security forces belonging to the company.
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Though the mine is described by Barrick as operating atzero discharge, meaning no water is released back into thesurrounding environment, villagers have long complained thatthe mine has negative effects.Relations between the company and people in surroundingvillages are not the best, stemming both from dissatisfactionwith the levels of compensation paid to those displaced by themine when it was established in 2003 and from the belief thatthe mine has negatively impacted the environment.According to independent journalist, Jessie Boylan whovisited the North Mara community December 2009 in largesections, the grass had completely died, and plants andsome vegetation had off-coloured stalks. The stream runningfrom the mine site had green growth covering it; there wasno sign of insects, tadpoles or frogs, and some crystallisedplants stuck out of the water, as if frozen or covered by salt;according to her accont no other streams in the area lookedlike this.
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Local community believe the contamination has caused fsh,
crops and animals in the surrounding area to perish. Manylocals have also complained of health problems such asskin irritations and stomach pains as a result of drinking andbathing in the water.There have been two reports
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confrming lasting negative
effects of a toxic spill in Tanzania that occurred last May. Thelatest report,
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commissioned by an interfaith committee inTanzania and written by scientists from Norwegian Universityif Life Sciences and the University of Dar es Salam, foundpotential life threatening levels of arsenic around Barrick’sNorth Mara mine. The study investigated the area around thetailing dam and the site of an accidental spill that occurred onMay 9, 2009. Despite that fact that these areas were testedfour to seven months after the spill, this study shows that thewater remains toxic for human consumption and grazing use.According to Evans Rubara,a policy and advocacy advisor working on natural resource management in Tanzania andZambia for the Christian Council of Tanzania, following the
testimony chacha ochibhota
Chacha Ochibhota, is a young manwho has discoloured skin pigmentationcovering his face and blood shot eyes.His medical record states that on July,he claimed to
“have used acidic water,contaminated by the mining project –sustaining burns on the face…” 
andhe was referred to the Tarime DistrictHospital for further investigations.
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“I started feeling the problems in May thisyear,” he said. “I have a farm near theTigithe River. When it was hot and sweaty I would bath in the water and wash my face and body to cool down.“It felt different, when I tasted the water,it didn’t taste normal, it was a salty taste,and it was the feeling of rubbing salt inwounds…“I was referred to the district hospital, but because I had no money, I didn’t go.“For me,” says Ochibhota, “I need only treatment, so I can do work. Now I canonly lie in bed, or do soft work…” 
LOCAL MAN FROM NORTH MARA, CHACHA OCHIBHOTA WOTH SKIN PIGMEN-TATION FROM BATHING IN CONTAMINATED WATER. PHOTO: JESSIE BOYLAN
 
CONTAMINATED WATER. PHOTO: JESSIE BOYLAN
spill in May, 203 people became ill, 43 people died, and 1358livestock died according to the Ward authorities in NorthMara. Barrick responded to the report criticizing the integrityof the science, to which the authors responded with a detaileddefense of their methodology.Mr. Rubara states that there are no transparent measureswhich have been put in place.
“There is a rising concern over why the Mineral/Mining Policy discussions have stalled,” 
saidRubara.
“Our government has been used for a long time and is being an accessory to Barrick Gold Corporation and theCanadian government to suppress the truth.” 
 
testimonies
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In the village of Wegida DAVID MWITA describes how hisbrother died after drinking the
 
water from river Thigithe:
(Speaking in Swahili language)
“ilikuwa kwamba kuna mdogo wangu alikuwa ameendashambani sasa alipokuwa huko shambani akiwa analimaakanywa yale maji. baada ya kunywa yale maji muda si mrefu akaanza kusikia kichwa na tumbo vinaamuuma, akaamuakurudi nyumbani hali yake ilikuwa mbaya ndipo tukaamuakumtafutia dawa kwa bahati mbaya tulikuwa tumechelewa
na alikuwa ameshakufa tayari. BARRICK hawakutoa dia
yoyote kwa kifo cha mdogo wangu. Zaidi ya hapo mke wangu  pia alipotea ujauzito wake wa miezi miwili. Kitu ambachokimewatokea wanawake wengi waliokunywa maji yenyesumu.” 
(English translation)
“My young brother went to farm across the river when hewas farming, he felt thirsty and he drank the water from theriver and after that he just felt having acute headache and stomachache so he decided to come back home…. He wasnot very good and we decided to look for medication for him
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