LONDON – Participants at the Africa Mining Indaba in South Africa, the largest mining investment conference in Africa, should act to address justice and compensation for harm to individuals and local communities as a result of their activities, said RAID, a UK based watchdog that exposes corporate human rights violations in Africa.
RAID on Monday released the story of Zakaria Nyamakomo which describes one man’s struggle for justice in Tanzania after being beaten and paralyzed at Acacia Mining’s North Mara Gold Mine. “Zakaria’s Story” shows the extraordinary lengths to which a multinational company will go to deny victims justice and compensation.
“The story of one victim in Tanzania is emblematic of so many others at the North Mara Gold Mine and across the continent,” said Anneke Van Woudenberg, Executive Director of RAID. “Far too often victims and communities lose their fight for justice and compensation when faced with the power, might and resources of a large multinational mining company.”