MiningWatch Canada details gross violations of human rights at Barrick Gold's North Mara Gold Mine in Tanzania, as thousands of Indigenous Kuria were forcibly evicted from their lands to make room for the mine's expansion. This latest report was written based on field work conducted by Catherine Coumans in Tarime District, Tanzania, between October and November 2023.
Most villagers were evicted in December 2022, with the remaining families losing their homes and lands in August and September of 2023. MiningWatch met with affected villagers in 2022 and again in October. The impacts of the eviction process itself and the lack of equitable compensation has led to serious impacts including: homelessness; landlessness; loss of food security; malnutrition among children; children no longer attending school; and mental and physical health impacts. MiningWatch concludes the report by making several recommendations to Barrick Gold to prevent future evictions and ensure access to justice and remedy for those harmed.