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Tanzania: Major emergency at Barrick’s North Mara mine

Summary & Comment: A breaking news flash of a toxic spill at the Barrick Mara mine in Tanzania. Please spread the word. JK

Author: Evans Rubara- NCA Date Written: 13 May 2009
Primary Category: Resource Extraction Document Origin: Lawyers Environmental Action Team, LEAT
Secondary Category: Eastern Region Source URL:
Key Words: Tanzania, Mara mine, toxic spill, Thigithe river,

African Charter Article #24: All peoples shall have the right to a general satisfactory environment favorable to their development. (Click for full text...)

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Major emergency at Barrick's North Mara mine, Tanzania

It is reported that there has been a major spill of toxic sludge from Barrick's Mara mining operation into River Thigithe that flows into the Mara River. This happened Monday the 11th of May and nearby residents have reported that there are dead fish and all kinds of other dead water life along the river.The entire community is in a huge uproar and panic. People are very scared in the whole area. There is a need for journalists to go and report on this story , and for scientific investigation of this spill to know what the poisons are and how widely they are spread. 

Meanwhile people are organizing to take samples of the water and the fish for testing.

Evans Rubara
Programme Officer
Communications & Advocacy
Box 3955,
Dar Es Salaam
Tanzania - East Africa
Tel. +255 22 2771650
Fax.+255 22 2771884
Mobile: +255 782 852666

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