Mozambican Villagers displaced from their plots of land by government and multinational mining companies
A human rights organisation, Human Rights Watch, has issued a report criticizing international mining companies operating in Mozambique and the Mozambican government for failing in their obligation to the local people who have been displaced by coal mining. The government granted licenses to big mining companies including Vale of Brazil, and Rio Tinto of Australia, which have invested millions of US dollars in the country’s coal reserves, especially in Tete province. The companies have displaced local population from the areas earmarked for mining and have resettled them in places where they can neither cultivate food nor have access to water and work. The report calls upon these companies and the Mozambican government to redress this injustice especially by implementing the promised irrigation schemes and by provide assistance and compensation to the families.