On April 26th, Giles and I will be running the London Marathon for Survival International – the only international organisation that represents the voices and struggles of indigenous peoples worldwide.

Below are a few the latest stories of survival that enforce the reasons we are doing this.

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Mine: Story of a Sacred Mountain
, featuring the Dongria Kondh tribe from India, narrated by Joanna Lumley, who, incidentally, was also born in India.

Incorporating stunning footage from the mountain forests of Orissa state, India, it tells the current situation of the Dongria Kondh tribe as they face and fight their own destruction.

Right now, UK-based, FTSE100 firm Vedanta Resources is pushing ahead with a bauxite mine which will devastate their livelihoods and sacred sites. In this film, their voice is heard.

Tribe forms human chain to keep British company off sacred mountain
Hundreds of members of the Dongria Kondh tribe , together with many tribal and non-tribal allies, formed a human chain at the base of their sacred Niyamgiri mountain on the 27th January to prevent British mining giant Vedanta from bulldozing it.


Survival calls on Kate Winslet and Penelope Cruz to boycott Graff’s jewels for Oscars.
Survival International today called on Oscar-nominated actresses Kate Winslet and Penelope Cruz not to wear Graff diamonds at this week’s Oscar ceremony. The jeweller is embroiled in controversy over its 9% stake in Gem Diamonds, which plans to open a diamond mine on the land of the Kalahari Bushmen in Botswana.

Andaman tribal women widowed by poisoning remarry
Four women from the tiny Andaman island tribe the Onge, who were widowed in December in a tragic poisoning incident, have remarried.

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