“STOP Base Toliara!” Testimonies of women affected by a mining project in Madagascar.
The Australian company “Base Resources” owns a sand mine project – Base Toliara – that has the potential to cause catastrophic devastation to part of the Mikea forest. This forest is home to 200.000 indigenous people.
Highly controversial, Base Toliara has been criticized by local movements such as CRAAD-OI, for devastating one of the poorest and the most ecologically-diverse parts of Madagascar.
Organizing their resistance through popular awareness and legal actions, affected communities have vehemently rejected Base Toliara and have forced authorities to suspend activities.
The Australian company proceeded to launched an aggressive communication campaign in which they misrepresented and construed statements of community members who allegedly support the mine and it’s activities.
Women from affected communities here claim that these people have been paid to produce false allegations.
CRAAD-OI, a Madagascan-based civil society organisation, is part of the Southern Africa Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power: a network of popular movements fighting corporate impunity.