Malawi: Mining brings forced evictions, ruined crops (The Guardian)

| October 17, 2016

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A report from Human Rights Watch claims that the government of Malawi is failing to protect communities around Lake Malawi from the environmental impact of mining. The report claims villagers have been forcibly evicted to make way for coal and uranium mines. Several villagers said they were given little notice, and unsatisfactory or zero compensation for resettlement.

Villagers also say they have suffered problems with their crops and water sources, and are worried about the effect of mining on their health. A woman from Mwabulambo, in Karonga district, told researchers, “The coal is in our gardens and running into our fields. The way the crops look, you would think that someone has poured petrol on them.”

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Photo credit: Lauren Clifford-Holmes/Human Rights Watch