Saturday, 6 February 2010

SURVIVAL

The 2000s: thanks to you, a decade of success
As we enter the new decade, we’d like to thank you for your support for tribal peoples over the last ten years. Here are just a few of the highlights:
Land of Awá nomads protected

Land of Awá nomads protected

Following a 20 year Survival campaign, the Brazilian authorities mapped out and legally protected the land of the Awá, one of Brazil’s last nomadic tribes, in 2003. A Brazilian judge ordered this ‘demarcation’ after receiving thousands of letters from Survival supporters. Many Awá have been killed by ranchers’ hitmen, but the recognition of their land gives them a chance of survival. More from the Awa...
International law for tribal peoples gains strength

International law for tribal peoples gains strength

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Dominica, Nepal, Spain and Venezuela all signed up to the international law for tribal peoples, ILO 169, during the last decade. The total number of signatory countries is now twenty. In Chile, the most recent country to ratify, the law was used in November by the Supreme Court to protect an indigenous group’s right to water. More about ILO 169...
India recognizes Jarawa’s right to choose future

India recognizes Jarawa’s right to choose future

The Indian government published its new Jarawa Policy in 2004, which recognized the Jarawa tribe’s right to decide their own future. Survival had campaigned vigorously against the government’s 1990s plan forcibly to settle the isolated Jarawa of the Andaman Islands in villages outside their forest, which would have been disastrous for the tribe. More from the Jarawa...
Kalahari Bushmen win landmark court victory

Kalahari Bushmen win landmark court victory

The Bushmen were evicted from the Central Kalahari in 2002 to make way for future diamond mining. With Survival’s support they fought and won a case in the Botswana High Court in 2006, which affirmed their right to live on their land. Survival’s campaign also targeted De Beers diamond company, which abandoned its project on the Bushmen’s land. More from the Bushmen...
Uncontacted Amazon tribesperson, Peru

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The Peruvian government banned oil and gas companies from exploring in some parts of the Peruvian Amazon inhabited by uncontacted tribes, after lobbying from Survival and others. The tribes could have been decimated if exploration had gone ahead. More about isolated Peruvian Indians...
Without the growing movement in support of tribal peoples, none of this would have been possible. Thank you so much for standing with them, and against those who want them to disappear.

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Andy the Daft Hermit lives 45 minutes outside Inverness with his wife Mel in an old bus parked in a layby. This current home of theirs is the longest they have ever stayed in one spot. “I’ve been travelling now 25 years,” said Andy Lowe. “Mel’s been travelling 15. One of the reasons we’ve come and stayed up here is because of Mel’s health. I wanted to bring her to the mountains for fresh air and clean water and just a slower pace of life.” Mel has had breast cancer twice, skin cancer once, and for three years believed she had bone cancer after being wrongly diagnosed. Andy’s belief in the restorative powers of the north made them pack up ‘The Black Bus’ that they live in and cross the border into Scotland. New Highland home for hermit couple Andy and Mel “I think we both believe in trying to get to a more simple way of life,” said Andy, “but it’s strange for us because we are sort of hermits, or we like to live separate, but it’s not being anti-social… it’s just the way we are that allows us to be creative.” Andy first began travelling when he left the army. Fed up with bureaucracy he packed a rucksack and left for France and has been travelling ever since. By investing any money the couple have earned into solar panels and wind generators they now live a self-sustaining existence, without electric bills, and collect rain water “straight from Heaven”. “It’s not easy,” said Mel. “There might be time when there might not be enough facilities around, but you always find a way, you know?” Rather than rejecting technology, Andy blogs about his travels online and collaborates with artists from around the world via his ‘Scratchy Heid Film Studio’, which he runs from a static trailer next to the couple’s bus. He explained his philosophy: “My belief is that if you can go through life and you drop dead and you’ve got a balance there that slightly outweighs the good than the bad, you’ve done alright. “Yesterday, with what Mel’s been through with the cancer and all that, I had a woman on one of my sites there that thanked me for the writing, for the positive things, and to me that’s worth everything. You can keep your millions, we’re not interested. That is what we do.” To check out Andy’s artwork and video projects check out his website. MORE FROM THE NORTH

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