Our Mission Statement

Human Rights in Masoala is dedicated to drawing attention to injustices committed against the local population in Masoala, Madagascar, in the name of nature conservation.

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a family harvesting rice

A family harvesting rice

a family harvesting rice

A family harvesting rice

a girl shoving the rice into baskets

A girl shoving the rice into baskets

girls threshing rice with their feet

Girls threshing rice with their feet

the park begins half-way up these hills

The park begins half-way up these hills

rice field with the park in the background

Rice field with the park in the background

daily life in a village

Daily life in a village

drying vanilla

Drying vanilla

cloves

Cloves

a village’s main street, cloves and rice spread out to dry

A village’s main street, cloves and rice spread out to dry

inside a kitchen

Inside a kitchen

a house made of wood with cloves and rice to dry

A house made of wood with cloves and rice to dry

repairing a house

Repairing a house

constructing a new house

Constructing a new house

the new house is erected

The new house is erected

a family’s courtyard (granary, kitchen, house, shelter for pounding rice)

A family’s courtyard with granary, kitchen, house and shelter for pounding rice

villagers listening to a speech by local leaders

Villagers listening to a speech by local leaders

house and office of park representatives in the village

House and office of park representatives in the village

drying fish

Drying fish

a sugar cane press (for making local beer)

A sugar cane press (for making local beer)

edge of a village

Edge of a village

preparing sticks for planting hill rice

Preparing sticks for planting hill rice

planting beans

Planting beans

preparing the midday meal while working in the forest

Preparing the midday meal while working in the forest

gathering liana to be used for constructing pasture fences

Gathering liana to be used for constructing pasture fences

returning from work

Returning from work

the Masoala bay, view onto park

The Masoala bay, view onto park

elder with grandchildren

Elder with grandchildren

going off to catch fish

Going off to catch fish

diverting the fish toward the fish trap

Diverting the fish toward the fish trap

an unusually large catch

An unusually large catch

making a mat

Making a mat

the inside of an average local house

The inside of an average local house

sewing bed sheets

Sewing bed sheets

cleaning pots

Cleaning pots

children awaiting their teacher

Children awaiting their teacher

primary school in a small village

Primary school in a small village

on the way to the fields

On the way to the fields

coming back from work

Coming back from work

an old hamlet from where people were relocated by the park authorities

An old hamlet from where people were relocated by the park authorities

island with ancestral graves that was included within the park

Island with ancestral graves that was included within the park